Reuters: A report coming soon of a study conducted at the request of President Trump is expected to include information on the U.S. military’s dependency on foreign country’s materials, such as minerals from China. The report is also thought to address purchases from foreign companies, inconsistent defense budgets, as well as weaknesses in U.S. science and technology education.
Excerpt from Reuters:
Advocates of the study say it is a late but critical look at ways to address America’s loss of manufacturing, whose toll on national security gets far less attention than the jobs lost, and the political wave that it created in rust-belt states that helped elect Trump president in 2016.
“People used to think you could outsource the manufacturing base without any repercussions (on national security). But now we know that’s not the case,” said one U.S. official familiar with the report, speaking on condition of anonymity.
One aspect of the report’s recommendation is expected to be ensuring profitability for niche U.S. producers of critical components in American weaponry.