The American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) focuses on workforce development and manufacturing innovation in the precision optics industry. To build a pipeline of trained Optics Technicians, AmeriCOM is establishing optics ecosystems across the US that include community colleges, optics manufacturing companies, and nonprofit organizations. AmeriCOM’s Defense Precision Optics Consortium develops advanced optics technologies, testing equipment, and the specialized materials required to support scalable manufacturing production operations.