Vital Signs

Vital Signs 2023

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Posturing the Defense Industrial Base for Great Power Competition

The National Defense Industrial Association's fourth annual Vital Signs report is now available.
This report offers an annual unclassified assessment of the U.S. defense industrial base (DIB). NDIA’s Vital Signs includes an exclusive survey of NDIA members who form the backbone of the DIB and focuses particularly on the health of the defense industrial base as it relates to military readiness.
NDIA’s Vital Signs report paints a concerning picture of an American defense industry challenged – in particular – by near-peer competitor threats. Following the Cold War, the peace dividend and many years of focus on counterinsurgency, the U.S. finds itself challenged to maintain its leadership position in renewed great power competition.

We invite you to download this report that includes exclusive survey input from over 170 NDIA small, medium, and large member companies, representing 35% of total defense spending in Fiscal Year 2022.

Erratum: Version 1, published on February 8, 2023, contained errors in charts on page 15. This PDF is Version 2 of this report, published on February 10, 2023, and contains the revised numbers on those charts.