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Ellen Lord: DoD to Release Defense Industrial Base Review Next Week

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Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Defense Department, has announced a Pentagon supply chains report will be released next week, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday.

Lord said the assessment will detail gaps in the defense supply chain and America’s dependence on imported goods.

The report will also evaluate the ability of the manufacturing and defense industrial base to respond to supply disruptions, as well as determine the cause of deficiencies in the U.S. supply chain.

Lord added that the unclassified document will guide the U.S. government in promoting locally-made defense items.

The effort is part of a directive that President Donald Trump signed in 2017 requiring the DoD to review the ability of U.S. manufacturers to support the defense industrial base.

Other agencies, such as the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy and Commerce, contributed to the supply chain assessment.