Mr. Douglas Freitag is the Technical Director for Government Affairs of the United States Advanced Ceramics Association. Formed in 1985, USACA is the premier association promoting the common interests of academics, manufacturers and end-user in advanced ceramics. The mission of USACA is to develop and maintain close working relationships between its members and the broader industry and to provide liaison between members and Congress, government agencies, and other targeted industries. Mr. Freitag has over 35 years of experience in advanced materials, including advanced ceramics, and manufacturing while serving in various engineering and management roles at LTV Aircraft (Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control), Ford Motor Company and Bendix Corporation (Honeywell). Throughout his career, Mr. Freitag has collaborated with the Federal Government in planning, reviewing, and conducting Federally sponsored programs in advanced technologies. He has published and presented over seventy-five papers in this field, many of which have been invited, has been issued several patents, organized and chaired numerous technical sessions at national meetings, and participated in various government panels in support of the advanced materials industry. Lockheed Martin recognized Mr. Freitag as providing a key technology (PAC3 ceramic radome) which made a significant contribution to their business over the past decade. Mr. Freitag's education includes a Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Freitag is also an independent consultant assisting industry with all aspects of financing, developing, and commercializing new technologies.