John McGinn: DoD Seeks Industry Help to Identify Defense Supply Chain Risks

The Defense Department wants industry to voluntary share information on potential weaknesses in its supply chain as part of a review led by DoD, Defense News reported Thursday.

President Donald Trump signed in July an executive order that calls for a cross-government evaluation of U.S. manufacturers’ capacity to support the defense industrial base.

John McGinn, acting deputy assistant defense secretary for defense, manufacturing and industrial base policy, said Wednesday at a Heritage Foundation-hosted event the new initiative seeks to assess how various scenarios would affect DoD in the event of an industrial base crisis.

“We’re looking for industrial base risks, and those risks include foreign dependency, sole source, single source, fragile suppliers, suppliers that may not be looking to stay in the market,” McGinn said.

He said the Pentagon will conduct the review to determine “how the industrial base will be stressed, could be stressed under specific operations” and will make the study’s findings classified with a plan to release a non-classified summary.

“We’re finalizing a very targeted request, and it’s a voluntary request where we give industry an opportunity to provide some information to help us do this analysis,” McGinn added.

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