What key defense-related U.S. industrial capabilities have moved substantially or entirely to China? And other countries?Submitted by iehuvihs on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 15:38
We constantly hear about the threat of illegal aliens in our country, but what about the threat of actions taken by our own Department of Defense when they purchase military equipment from foreign companies produced abroad?
The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a), requires the Department of Defense to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals. Congress originally passed domestic source restrictions as part of the 1941 Fifth Supplemental DOD Appropriations Act in order to protect the domestic industrial base in the time of war.
According to a report by William C. Greenwalt Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Industrial Policy) Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission “China’s Proliferation and the Impact of Trade Policy on Defense Industries in the United States and China” July 13, 2007
There are certain commercial microelectronics for which domestic production has largely ceased in favor of foreign production, including production in China.
Personally I am Anti-war, but to see that our taxes are employing foreign companies to produce military goods and services, makes me wonder who the Department of Defense is trying to defend, especially in light of unemployment rates.