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Presentation at the 2008 Defense Manufacturer\'s Conference (DMC), Orlando, FL: The advent of finite-element modeling based systems has ushered in an era of physics-based prediction of machining operations, giving engineers new insight into designing machining strategies. Some technologies are being employed as machining process development tools. Others are being applied by companies following the tool path generation process in the computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software systems. Further, other software technologies are evolving within the CAM software systems users currently operate, offering dramatic reductions in machining cycle times by affecting air cuts and feed rates. But users still wonder how to apply these various approaches; they puzzle over what approaches work for their shop practices. Attendees described after this presentation that they had a clearer sense of how strategic changes in machining approaches and implementation of the right technology for a given manufacturing condition can make all the difference.