2020 Industrial Capabilities Report


In a globalized economic system, governments must balance the possible benefits of the utilization of multi-national value chains for the production of goods at lower cost, and the necessity of domestic production for the fulfillment of critical items to the national defense. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to highlight vulnerabilities related to reliance on global supply chains for critical materials and medical equipment in crisis situations, when the full capability of organized government and industry must be brought to bear in service of the American people.

These vulnerabilities, among others, are fleshed-out and explored in an accessible format through the 2020 Industrial Capabilities Report (2020 ICR) to Congress. The report represents a practical application of the Defense Department’s “Report to President Donald J. Trump by the Interagency Task Force in Fulfillment of Executive Order 13806,” and identifies vulnerabilities in multiple, diverse sectors—aerospace to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense (CBRND) to machine tools—in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and the latest developments and research.

Much like the 2020 ICR, NDIA’s “Vital Signs 2021 The Health and Readiness of the Defense Industrial Base,” will also examine the challenges to the industrial base posed by the pandemic as well as a range of other vulnerabilities tied to the defense industrial base. The report shows that through hard work, proper investments, and good policy, the American warfighter will continue to dominate the battlefield even under the most adverse global conditions.

With a dynamic, continuously developing crisis (one presenting a formidable national security challenge) comes the ability to note and correct possible vulnerabilities across the defense industrial base. Both the 2020 ICR and NDIA’s “Vital Signs 2021” illustrates the continuing importance of the crucial partnerships between government and industry in properly serving the American people, not only in support of the warfighter, but also in the direct defense of the homeland through continuing to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 Industrial Capabilities Report


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