Assessing the Health of the Defense Industrial Base

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By John Adams
May 15, 2018

This week, the Department of Defense is scheduled to send the White House a long-awaited comprehensive interagency assessment on the health of the defense industrial base, identifying areas where efforts must be taken to strengthen domestic manufacturing capabilities and highlighting materials on which the U.S. is dependent upon China. Responding to an Executive Order issued by President Trump last summer, the report promises to shake up the way DoD has managed supply chain vulnerabilities for the past decade.

“What comes up and is quite alarming … is we have an amazing amount of dependency on China,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord recently told an audience at a defense industry forum. “[They] are sole sources for rare earth minerals, some energetics, different things. This is a problem for us as we move forward.”

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