What is CADENCE?

The California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort (CADENCE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to strengthen the resiliency of the national security innovation and manufacturing base involved in the advancement of specific national security key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, machine learning, fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3) and others. CADENCE ties into OPR’s High Road Economic Development work by providing technical assistance programs and helping grow and sustain California's critical technology workforce through education curricula, training, and work-based learning programs. CADENCE, through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), is designated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment as a Defense Manufacturing Community. It includes multiple national security project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry and non-profit partners; state agencies; and educational institutions.

The erosion of American manufacturing industries’ capacity and capability over the last several decades threatens to undermine the ability of U.S. manufacturers to meet domestic needs and national security requirements. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed glaring deficiencies in the U.S. manufacturing sector's ability to innovate and provide necessary products to the U.S. and the national security supply chain – especially amidst a crisis. Addressing these competitive challenges requires a multi-faceted approach that builds on close partnerships between federal, state and local governments, institutions of higher education, business, and non-profit organizations. CADENCE is working within that framework in California through a variety of activities, including:

  • Engineering and Manufacturing Support for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Development
  • Manufacturing of Microelectronics, Electronics and Converging Technologies in Defense Modernization
  • Cyber Physical Security for Defense Manufacturing Programs
  • Innovation Protection Program for Defense Modernization
  • Zero Trust Training for Defense Manufacturing Suppliers
  • Smart Manufacturing Workforce Development
  • Internships/Externships for Dual Use Advanced Manufacturing and Dual Use Innovation
  • Space and Commercialization Manufacturing Support
  • Critical Technology Manufacturing Skills Upgrading
  • Catalyzing California’s Defense Manufacturing Modernization Culture
  • Consortium on Advancing Readiness and Resiliency in Key Technologies

Key Resources