“Having the technological advantage in every recent war didn’t happen by accident, and we can’t afford to have that slide backwards."
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) January 13, 2014
Retired Maj. General Arnold Punaro, Board Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), announced today that NDIA will kick off a new industrial base initiative in 2014 to help the Pentagon chart its strategy for managing the defense industrial base during a period of budgetary constraint. The initiative will look to produce evidence-based and actionable proposals that NDIA’s leadership can discuss with executive and legislative branch stakeholders.
“Our country has the world’s finest military for three reasons: high-quality people, realistic and persistent training, and cutting-edge technology. We count on industry to provide that technology,” said Punaro. “Having the technological advantage in every recent war didn’t happen by accident, and we can’t afford to have that slide backwards. We need a strategy and a plan to preserve it during this period of persistent fiscal constraint. That’s exactly what this initiative aims to produce.”
To lead the effort, Punaro has recruited Brett Lambert, whose resume includes more than 20 years working in the defense and intelligence industry, and most recently a stint in the Pentagon as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. One of his major achievements in that role was the creation of the sector-by-sector, tier-by-tier analysis of the defense industrial base, a first-ever map of defense industrial capabilities. Lambert will lead a team of industry and policy experts experienced in government-industry collaboration.
“NDIA represents our base at every level and I look forward to working with them to better define and articulate the importance that base provides our warfighters,” said Lambert. “This effort is all about gathering facts, not advocating for a particular company or sector. NDIA offers a unique platform to produce a fact-based assessment which hopefully will better inform the Department leadership as they make tough programmatic decisions in the years ahead. I have seen from both sides of the industry-government partnership how necessary it is for industry to offer its views to policy makers. We need to put forward the facts to get a conversation started.”
Lambert further explained that the initiative will involve consultation with NDIA’s member base of nearly 1,600 companies. NDIA is defense industry’s largest association and represents defense contractors from Fortune 100 system integrators down to small businesses with just a handful of employees. Lambert sees this as a strength.
“We can’t really say that a plan will work for defense industry unless it accounts for industrial capabilities across product sectors and up and down the supply chain. The industry upon which our warfighters depend to accomplish their mission is more global, commercial, and financially complex than most recognize.”
About NDIA: The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.