Pentagon Industrial Base Strategy

January 12, 2024 2:36 PM

The following is the National Defense Industrial Strategy that was released on Jan. 11, 2024.

From the introduction of the report

With the publication of the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NOS), Secretary Austin charted the Defense Department’s way forward through this decisive decade. Increasingly coercive actions taken by the People’s Republic of China demonstrates its intent to reshape the lndo-Pacific region and broader international system to fit its authoritarian preferences, and the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine underscores the acute threat it poses. These threats, along with transboundary challenges like COVID-19, demonstrate the imperative for increased and improved defense capabilities for both the United States and our allies and partners.

As the NOS states, “we will prioritize coordinated efforts with the full range of domestic and international partners in the defense ecosystem to fortify the defense industrial base, our logistical systems, and relevant global supply chains against subversion, compromise, and theft.”

In observing these events, we’ve learned a great deal about the challenges within our defense industrial base and the critical importance of maintaining a robust, resilient, and dynamic defense industrial ecosystem. We now have an opportunity to address those challenges, including increasing our production capacity and strengthening our supply chains.

The National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS) offers a strategic vision to coordinate and prioritize actions to build a modern defense industrial ecosystem that is fully aligned with the NOS. It also calls for sustained collaboration and cooperation between the entire U.S. government, private industry, and our Allies and partners abroad.

Developing and empowering this modern defense industrial ecosystem is key to integrated deterrence and building enduring advantages. By aligning policies, investments, and activities inside and outside the Department in a manner that is tailored to specific competitors, our industrial ecosystem can strengthen deterrence to maximum effect. Should deterrence fail, the NDIS postures our industrial ecosystem to provide our warfighters the necessary capabilities – at speed and scale – to defeat any nation that attempts to harm the security of the United States, our allies, and our partners.

The current and future strategic environment requires immediate, comprehensive, and decisive action in strengthening and modernizing our defense industrial base ecosystem to ensure the security of the United States and our allies and partners. As this strategy makes clear, we must act now.


Kathleen H. Hicks
Deputy Secretary of Defense

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