Health and Status of the Defense Industrial Base and Its Science and Technology-Related Elements, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 3, 2011   [open pdf - 670KB]

From the opening statement of Kay R. Hagan: "[T]his afternoon the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee meets to consider the health and status of the national defense industrial base and its related science and technology (S&T) elements. These have been the subject of growing concern and will continue to be so as the Department of Defense (DOD) faces increasing budgetary pressures on its acquisition investments in the future. Some of the key challenges include: the fragile nature of the supply chain and limited competition within a heavily consolidated defense industrial sector; growing global competition; a loss of skilled domestic expertise and manufacturing capability offshore; and the negative impacts from an outdated export control regime. In addition, there are challenges attracting and retaining the best and the brightest scientists, engineers, and technologists, who are key components of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce, not only in the industrial sector, but also within DOD as well. Overall, S&T is a key foundational basis for our national defense capabilities and the industrial base that produces them. Sustained research and development (R&D) over the last decades has allowed DOD, in close collaboration with the defense industrial sector, to develop unparalleled military systems from space to the depths of the oceans, and increasingly, in cyber space." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank Kendall, Zachary J. Lemnios, Brett B. Lambert, Norman R. Augustine, Jacques S. Gansler, Philip A. Odeen, and Kay R. Hagan.

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