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The defense industrial base is ‘in crisis,’ expert tells Hill panel

December 8, 2023


The Pentagon needs to harness the innovative capabilities of private industry to ensure that the U.S. military keeps pace with the technological advances of global adversaries like China, a panel of experts told lawmakers during a House Armed Services Cyber, Information Technologies and Innovation Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. 

Looking back at technological breakthroughs during previous conflicts –– including during the interwar period between World War I and World War II and during the Cold War –– lawmakers and witnesses said the modern Department of Defense has ceded too much progress to the commercial sector without adequately tapping into this hub of innovation. 

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. — the panel’s ranking member –– noted that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was responsible for the development of a wide range of integral technologies, including the internet and advancements in GPS systems. 

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