Critical Manufacturing Sector

Sector Overview

The Critical Manufacturing (CM) Sector is crucial to the economic prosperity and continuity of the United States. U.S. manufacturers design, produce, and distribute products that provide more than one of every eight dollars of the U.S. gross domestic product and employ more than 10 percent of the nation's workforce.

he Critical Manufacturing Sector is crucial to the economic prosperity and continuity of the United States. A direct attack on or disruption of certain elements of the manufacturing industry could disrupt essential functions at the national level and across multiple critical infrastructure sectors.

The Critical Manufacturing Sector identified the following industries to serve as the core of the sector:

  • Primary Metal Manufacturing
    • Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro Alloy Manufacturing
    • Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
    • Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
    • Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
    • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
    • Vehicle Manufacturing
    • Aviation and Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
    • Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing

Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors. The Critical Manufacturing Sector focuses on the identification, assessment, prioritization, and protection of nationally significant manufacturing industries within the sector that may be susceptible to manmade and natural disasters.