National Security Decision Directive 226: Machine Tools and National Security   [open pdf - 118KB]

Alternate Title: NSDD 226: Machine Tools and National Security

From the Document: "It is the policy of the United States to maintain a broadly based deterrent against different types of conflict. In this regard, the U.S. defense industrial base is a critical component of conventional and strategic deterrence. [...] On March 17, 1986, the Secretary of Commerce forwarded a report on the effect of machine tool imports on the national security that was prepared under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. This study was based on current Administration national security policy and included analysis developed by an interagency task force. The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and other relevant Administration officials, indicated that the machine tool industry is a small yet vital component of the U.S. defense base. The Secretary of Commerce further indicated that high levels of imports can erode U.S. capabilities to manufacture critical machine tool product lines. I have reviewed the Secretary of Commerce's report on the impact of imports of machine tools on the national security and considered the information on this issue presented at the National Security Council Meeting."

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National Security Decision Directive 226; NSDD 226
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