The key to the success of the U.S. military: a strong U.S. industrial base
Since World War II, the U.S. manufacturing base has been the key to U.S. military success. By maintaining a strong and up-to-date manufacturing sector, the U.S. military has enjoyed superiority and preparedness for conflict at a moment’s notice.
With increasing budget concerns, the Department of Defense has acknowledged that portions of the manufacturing base may shrink. What’s distressing about this acknowledgement is the Pentagon’s potential failure to address a fundamental problem.
As Defense News explained recently,
Allowing entire sectors of key suppliers to dissolve without addressing these root problems will have far-reaching, long term repercussions on the military’s ability to respond to crisis and sustain high-intensity operations.
As the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has previously stated, the U.S. manufacturing sector is indistinguishably intertwined with our national security. In Remaking American Security, a report commissioned by AAM, General John Adams lists 10 recommendations to strengthen the U.S. industrial base and ensure success for the U.S. military in the future.
On Saturday, CBS Evening News highlighted this growing concern over U.S. military components made in China.
It’s good to see different media outlets drawing attention to this important issue.
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