Reliant on a Rival
When the U.S. offshored critical manufacturing to China, it put our country in a precarious place.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States learned the hard way what happens when a country becomes too dependent on imports for the things it needs – especially when those things are made by an adversarial geopolitical rival. During the pandemic and supply chain crisis that followed, the U.S. lacked everything from personal protective equipment to medicine to semiconductors, which are needed to power so much of our modern society.
But that’s nothing compared to what the loss of a strong manufacturing base has done to our national security readiness. The U.S. military is vulnerable to supply chain disruptions, dependent on imports for many of its raw materials, parts and products.
Rebuilding the domestic industrial base is critical to strengthening American security.