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Economic Growth Institute  |  2018

Sustaining the Defense Supply Chain

Program Designed to Secure the Defense Supply Chain is Innovative and Capable of Supporting the Needs of our Military

Midwest communities and the defense supply chain companies that are located in them are economically intertwined. The Midwest’s manufacturing supply chain is embracing the challenge of scaling production up to meet the technical and production demands in support of national defense. As our warfighters prepare to combat new, emerging adversaries, it is of paramount importance that our supply chain deliver what is necessary to secure our sustained military dominance. This new reality is a stark contrast from earlier this decade when the United States began the process of reducing troop levels in two conflict regions: Iraq and Afghanistan. Sequestration meant that a reduction in troops coincided with a reduction in all that is required to support a larger military force. [Download the paper to see more]