Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates – FederalNewsRadio.com

“When it comes to securing the technology supply chain, the Defense Department needs to accept the fact that it no longer dominates the market for most of the products it buys, the department’s top industrial policy official said Wednesday….”

Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates – FederalNewsRadio.com.

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2 thoughts on “Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates – FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. Kaye Porter says:

    It has been a while since the defense industry dominated the semiconductor industry.

    From its beginning in the 1950s, the semiconductor industry relied heavily on innovation funded by the U.S. defense industry. However, today the semiconductor industry has grown to $300 billion annually, while supporting a $1.3 trillion electronics supply chain. Now though, the influence of public versus the private sector has reversed, leaving the United States military accounting for less than 2% of the total semi-conductor market.

    This causes a huge problem when it comes to COTs obsolescence — not only because the commercial lifecycle is so much shorter, but because defense contractors and customers don’t have the same kind of weight they used to in the supply chain.

    Great post, as always Henry! I enjoy reading your blog. Will you be at DMSMS 2012 (Rebooted)?

    Warmly,
    Kaye

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