Because manufacturing is the primary source of productivity growth in the U.S. and our manufacturers faced a crisis marked by a steep decline in business investment, a sluggish global economy, and sharpened competition from low-wage countries in the Far East, the paper called for industry and government to rally around three basic goals: (1) increase labor productivity by greatly accelerating the use of advanced technologies, (2) leverage the use of national resources through a major expansion of public-private partnerships, and 3) establish a high level advocate for manufacturing within the Administration.