Semiconductors are “foundational to modern life,” says Zachary Collier in this Newsweek op-ed, and Taiwan is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. Recent concerns about the possibility of China invading Taiwan highlight the vulnerability of this vital and already precarious resource, and the importance of domestic sources.

Collier is an Assistant Professor of Management at Radford University and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST), which counts the University of Virginia as a founder.

ON 4/15/22 AT 6:00 AM EDT

Semiconductors are foundational to modern life, enabling everything from our phones to the energy grid. But increased offshore demand for semiconductors, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has resulted in a global shortage—affecting virtually every industry. Some predict that the chip shortage will continue into 2023. On top of an already stressed supply chain, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to new concerns for the semiconductor industry, both because Ukraine produces over half of the world’s supply of neon gas—which is used in the production of chips—and because of the precedent that it sets for a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

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