US government releases report on defence industrial base resilience

08 October 2018

The US government released a report on 5 October outlining the current state of its defence industrial base, and plans to improve the sector’s resilience.

The report, named Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States, highlighted five macro forces that have affected the defence industrial base, including: sequestration and uncertainty of US government spending; the decline of US manufacturing capability and capacity; US government business practices; the industrial policies of competitor nations; and diminishing US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and trade skills.

“Combined, these challenges … erode the capabilities of the manufacturing and defence industrial base, and threaten the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) ability to be ready for the “fight tonight” and to retool for great power competition,” the report said.

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