Officials Outline Pentagon’s Support to Industrial Base

November 2, 2011

The Defense Department's role in sustaining its industrial base is as complex as the base itself, a senior defense official told Congress yesterday.

Testifying before the defense industry panel of the House Armed Services Committee, Brett Lambert, deputy assistant defense secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said the defense industrial base is not a monolithic entity.

It includes companies of all shapes and sizes, from garage start-ups to some of the world's largest public companies, he noted. The vast majority of those companies act as suppliers, and only a few deal directly with the federal government, Lambert added.

"Companies at any tier and at any size may offer critical or hard-to-produce products that ultimately lead to the systems used by our warfighters," he said. 

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