Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base Executive Order
On July 21, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13806, Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States. The Executive Order requires an interagency assessment of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and their supply chains with considerations of the following nature: single sources of supply, workforce skill gaps and access to goods and raw materials critical to national security.
As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA has long advocated for policies and budgets that strengthen aerospace and defense and grow the U.S. economy; improve U.S. aerospace and defense infrastructure and the industrial base; and achieve a level playing field for U.S. industry in the global marketplace. Specifically in response to Executive Order 13806, AIA established an Industrial Base Working Group comprised of senior industry thought leaders to serve as industry’s main conduit of information and dialogue with DOD and other agencies.
The group’s work has focused on four pillars of the industrial base – (1) robust, balanced, and stable defense spending; (2) streamlined acquisition policy; (3) stewardship of key capabilities; and (4) a talented workforce. Within this framework, the group has worked to identify leading challenges and possible solutions in the context of current national security and acquisition strategy initiatives and policies. AIA is releasing these findings to coincide with and inform the ongoing manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chain assessment.