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  • This Memorial Day, Don’t Forget the Defense Industrial Base

    As we have discussed before, President Obama’s fiscal year 2010 defense budget suffers from serious conceptual flaws concerning the nature of future warfare and the force structure the American military needs to fight and win. But there is another related issue that must merit the serious consideration of Congress as it prepares to make lasting decisions about the future: the stability and health of America’s defense industrial base.

    Since World War II, the United States has benefited from the skills of a robust defense manufacturing workforce. America’s Air Force and Navy operate the world’s best fighter aircraft, long-range bombers, aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, and submarines. Although technology alone has not assured American military superiority, the defense industry has nevertheless been a potent enabler of American military might.

    Contrary to what many who raise the importance of the industrial base would argue, the choices Congress is faced with should not be directed by how they stand to affect American jobs. Congress should instead be asking how their decisions will impact the highly-skilled workforce that is responsible for designing, testing, and manufacturing the numerous weapons platforms that help to enable America’s military superiority.

    A new Backgrounder by Heritage Foundation Senior Analyst Mackenzie Eaglen and Eric Sayers does just this, looking intently at the F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-15E Strike Eagle, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, Airborne Laser, and several rotary wing programs, and how the pending closure of these lines will effect the industrial base and American national security.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to This Memorial Day, Don’t Forget the Defense Industrial Base

    1. MAS1916 - Denver, CO says:

      Actually, the US desperately needs a Military Industrial Complex. Since unions and horrible corporate management have driven most American industry to China, the ability to construct defense equipment and material has been severely diminished.

      Obama now has intervened in the General Motors crisis. Only His actions have hastened collapse of the company. During WWII, Ford and others were able to convert manufacturing facilities to deliver aircraft and other defense materiel. When the USS Iowa battleship was re-commissioned, a main reason was that a ship of that size couldn't be manufactured by US industry because US Steel and others had been driven out of business.

      Now, defense contractors have to defend against their own government to remain viable should their services be required in the future. By destroying US manufacturing capacity, US Liberals are making the United States more vulnerable to foreign threats.

      Even in times of peace, Liberals cannot manage an industry. To get a glimpse of what a government-operated General Motors would look like, you can hit:
      http://firstconservative.com/blog/political-humor

    2. Pingback: On Memorial Day, Don’t Forget the Po’ Ole Military Industrial Complex… « American Socialism for the Rich

    3. Clay, New York says:

      I agree with http://www.ProudlyMadeInAmerica.com in that we need a strong manufacturing base period. MAS1916 clearly pointed out that we need to have a certain critical mass of manufacturing to maintain proper self reliance for national security.

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