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The Defense Industrial Base: Policy Changes Needed to Support Joint Vision 2010.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The American Defense Industrial Base is a product of two hundred years of American History. The Industrial Base that was produced as a result of this centurys wars and United States Government policy is now undergoing a significant change. The change to the Industrial Base is occurring while the military is transitioning into the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs Joint Vision 2010. The current Administration proposes to shift its emphasis towards increased reliance upon the commercial sector, as has been attempted in the past. Titled the Dual Use Technology Strategy, the Department of Defense is attempting to leverage emerging commercial research and development technology into existing weapon systems. While this strategy addresses the research and development portion of the Industrial Base, it does not direct attention towards industrial base capability maintenance. The sole means of keeping a capable industrial base is through the analysis of critical industrial processes. After prioritizing the processes, contracts must be issued to ensure that the capability is maintained. A comprehensive Industrial Base strategy is required to ensure the necessary support to Joint Vision 2010.
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