America’s defense-industrial base study finally coming next week

By: Aaron Mehta

The industrial base for America's electronic warfare and radar capabilities faces an uncertain future, a new report has found. (Photo by USAF/ Jonathan Snyder)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s long-awaited defense-industrial base study will roll out next week, according to the Defense Department’s top acquisition official.

Speaking at the second annual Defense News Conference, Ellen Lord, the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, announced that the study would likely be out “early next week,” after months of delays.

Lord had previously said the report would be out in May, and rumors abounded that it would be out several times between then and now. The report is the result of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump last July, to look at the overall health of America’s defense industry.

More than a dozen working groups from across government have been studying the defense-industrial base to recommend ways to cover gaps and weaknesses. Those groups include representatives from the Pentagon and other agencies, such as the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security. Some of the working groups are aligned with subsectors like shipbuilding, ground vehicles or radars, while others match cross-cutting topics like the workforce, cybersecurity or electronics.

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