The Complex Business of Building an Industrial Base Strategy
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Paper reviews and analyses U.S. Industrial base performance during the Twentieth Century through the Gulf War and examines major studies and indicators of industrial base decline. Four pressures which abet industrial decline, six specific obstacles which block industrial preparedness initiatives, and five variables which influence solutions to industrial base problems are discussed. Key areas covered include recognition of the industrial base as linkage between economic and military power unacceptability of industrial policy solutions to industrial base problems assessment of economic competitors as a more serious threat than potential military adversaries. Paper makes recommendations for development of strategies, objectives, and programs initiatives to enhance industrial preparedness. Major recommendations include development of multiple strategies industrial mobilization strategy becomes an element of national economic strategy and industrial surge strategy is isolated as a component of national military strategy consolidation and refocusing of industrial base responsibility and authority Department of Commerce designated lead for mobilization production.
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