Would you be surprised if the U.S. had no more Hellfire missiles?
Hellfire missiles serve as one of America's most widely used and effective military weapons. Likewise, America's armed forces rely heavily on night-vision goggles for stealth operations.
But both pieces of equipment require components from China. And what if China chose to one day halt shipments of those supplies?
In a new report, "Remaking American Security," Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Retired) says that this near-total dependence on overseas suppliers for critical military components and raw materials creates worrisome risks.
In an op-ed published today in The Politico, Adams and Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul explain that America's "security and our ability to develop future battlefield capabilities are dependent on potentially unreliable supplier nations who might not have our best interests at heart in a crisis situation."
In their editorial, Adams and Paul urge the U.S. to take steps "to shore up our defense industrial base," including a stockpiling of vital raw materials and increased investment in high-tech industries
Read the full editorial.
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