“Every day, people across America are designing, building, and producing critical materials and technologies to ensure that the armed forces have every advantage and capability they need,” the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy said.
Jesse Salazar spoke today at the George Mason University School of Business in Arlington, Virginia. “Our defense industrial base allows us to preserve our military advantages and deter our adversaries,” he said. “Domestic manufacturing advances our national security by providing supply chain resilience and the capacity to respond in the case of a national emergency.”
However, for many years, American industrial and manufacturing capacity has declined, he said.
“We have to address this. We must onshore domestic defense capabilities,” Salazar said, meaning ensuring that critical manufacturing must be located in the United States.