Report Says U.S. Military Dangerously Dependent on Foreign Suppliers Calls for Stronger U.S. Manufacturing Sector to Protect National Security
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Urgent action is needed to reduce the U.S. military's dangerous dependence on foreign suppliers for the raw materials, parts, and finished products needed to defend America, according to a new study prepared by Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Retired).
Remaking American Security: Supply Chain Vulnerabilities & National Security Risks Across the U.S. Defense Industrial Base was authored by Guardian Six Consulting President Brigadier General John Adams and released today at a Capitol Hill event led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio).
The report finds that U.S. national security and the health of the nation's defense industrial base are in jeopardy because of an over-reliance on foreign suppliers for critical defense materials. Foreign sourcing puts America's military readiness in the hands of potentially unreliable supplier nations and undermines the ability to develop capabilities needed to win on future battlefields. The report calls for action to increase domestic production of the natural resources and manufactured goods necessary to equip our military.
"America's vulnerability today is frightening," said General Adams. "This report is a wake-up call for America to pay attention to the growing threat posed by the steady deterioration of our defense industrial base. Excessive and unwise outsourcing of American manufacturing to other nations weakens America's military capability. As a soldier, I've witnessed firsthand the importance of our nation's ability to rapidly produce and field a sophisticated array of capabilities. There is a real risk that supply chain vulnerabilities will hamper our response to future threats."
For the full press release go to: http://americanmanufacturing.org/blog/report-says-us-military-dangerously-dependent-foreign-suppliers.
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