US Defense Industrial Base: strong, but at risk
Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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The Defense Industrial Base DIB is a combination of both government and commercial organizations that produces military munitions and equipment. Since the successful surge of US defense industrial might in World War II, the DIB has been slowly eroding. During this slow decline over the past seventy-five years, some critical vulnerabilities have emerged in the DIB. Three of these vulnerabilities in the DIB are sole sources of production for military equipment and ammunition, decreased funding for infrastructure maintenance and modernization, and reliance on foreign sources for key components and chemical compounds. These vulnerabilities increase the risk of not being able to meet potential surge requirements generated by a future high-intensity conflict with a peer adversary.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies