To strengthen small manufacturing for the defense industry
The Knudsen Institute
Applied Research on Surge Theory
The Knudsen Institute seeks to enhance the surge capacity of the U.S. defense industrial base. We do this by identifying and integrating small- and medium-sized manufacturers via emerging technology, workforce, and policy solutions.
Surge Theory studies how to rapidly scale resources during a crisis, with an emphasis on preparedness.
Why It Matters
In the defense context, surge capacity can – and usually does – spell the difference between victory and disaster.
Join us at the Defense Industrial Base Conference (DIBCON) for the Knudsen Institute’s inaugural premier annual event. DIBCON is the only conference designed to bring together all key stakeholders involved in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) in a truly collaborative environment with a singular goal: To get more small manufacturers directly engaged in the US defense industry.
Active Research Projects
Check out our current work
The Data Mine
At Purdue University, The Knudsen Institute is sponsoring two projects in the upcoming 2023-2024 semesters.
Autonomous Data Engine
The development of an autonomous data engine that is continuously collecting data from a variety of sources.
Project 81 is developing innovative ways to support workforce development for small manufacturers.
Make a Difference!
The Knudsen Institute brings together a robust team of subject matter experts. From the Defense Industrial Base to AI to Logistics to Supply Chain to Economic Development to Advanced Manufacturing, we have leaders from around the country committed and actively engaged.