Defense Department supply chains are too reliant on China and other potential military rivals for essential materials, according to a report released Friday by the Trump administration.
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul said:
"I am heartened to see this administration is treating the national security risk posed by a thinning defense industrial base with the seriousness it deserves. The Alliance for American Manufacturing in fact commissioned a study in 2013 that identified a number of supply chain vulnerabilities; today’s report shows those vulnerabilities haven’t been mitigated since then.
"I encourage the White House to dedicate funding to close already-identified gaps and increase materials stockpiles. If we were to implement more stringent domestic procurement policies and reinvigorate America's overall manufacturing capacity, we would be better equipped to address these vulnerabilities in the future."