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How to Use the 'MRAP Mindset' to get US Industrial Base on a Wartime Footing

January 5, 2024

Jerry McGinn

Breaking Defense

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery guides a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle during rail offload at Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, Sept. 25, 2016. (Capt. Brian Harris, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade)

By Jerry McGinn, Breaking Defense / January 3, 3024

COVID-19, US military support to Ukraine and Israel, and potential contingencies in East Asia have demonstrated profound challenges in our industrial base. To address these shortcomings, the Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing to release its inaugural National Defense Industrial Strategy.

Under Secretary of Defense Bill LaPlante outlined the strategy’s four major themes at the Reagan National Defense Forum – resilient supply chains, workforce readiness, flexible acquisition, and economic deterrence. The draft strategy shared with Congress and reported by some media outlets is a strong call to action, but the key of course will be how this strategy is implemented. Resources are part of the solution, but the success or failure of this effort principally hinges one of LaPlante’s themes: flexible acquisition, specifically DoD buying and contracting practices.

DoD must put our industrial base on a wartime footing or potentially face catastrophic consequences. Here’s how DoD can do that, using former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ experience with the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle as a guide.

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