Industrial Base Policy
Research & Analytics

Our Mission

Providing the analysis needed to ensure a healthy Defense Industrial Base is able to meet the warfighters needs.

Who We Are

Research and Analytics consists of the following offices:

  • Industry Sector Research & Analytics (including Defense Production Act Title I)
  • Supply Chain Risk Mitigation
  • Capabilities Modernizations Research & Analytics

These programs collaborate closely to support national security and the Warfighter by

  • Analyzing and assessing the health of the Defense Industrial Base
  • Leveraging investment authorities to mitigate shortfalls
  • Ensuring the availability of essential materials / technologies
Danielle Miller

Director, Assessments & Investments

Organizations

Industrial Base Assessments (IBA) delivers defense industrial base assessments and risk-based analysis to decision makers to support robust, secure, innovative, affordable and technologically superior capabilities for today and for the future.

The Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III program , governed by 50 USC 4531-4534, is dedicated to ensuring the timely availability of essential domestic industrial resources to support national defense and homeland security requirements. The program works in partnership with the uniformed Services, other government agencies, and industry to identify areas of lagging or non-existent critical industrial capacity, and mitigate these risks through grants, purchase commitments, loans, and loan guarantees.

The IBAS program, directed in Title 10 USC Section 2508, is dedicated to ensuring that the Department of Defense is positioned to effectively address industrial base issues and support the National Security Innovation Base to develop a strong, resilient, responsive, and healthy United States Industrial Base.

The Defense Production Act Title I Office provides direction, guidance, and oversight for the Defense Production Act Title I and Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) within the Department of Defense.

The Supply Chain Resiliency Working Group (SCRWG) convenes stakeholders across DoD to proactively and strategically address supply chain vulnerabilities.

Our Focus

Select Kinetic Capabilities

Select kinetic capabilities include precision guided munitions, hypersonics, and directed energy weapons, all of which provide DoD key capabilities necessary for great power competition.  Current and future kinetic capabilities are intrinsic to the national security mission.  DoD must enable resilience in this defense-unique sector of the economy to ensure superiority of U.S. air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, anti-ship, and standoff strike.  Current efforts address critical vulnerabilities in supply chains for existing operational platforms and developmental programs, such as hypersonics and directed energy.

Energy Storage and Batteries

As commercial demand for lithium-ion cells has grown, so too has the defense demand to support a growing number of critical applications.  Lithium batteries are critical enablers of unmanned systems, directed energy weapons, hybridized platforms, and silent watch ground force capabilities, which are necessary to execute the National Defense Strategy and each Service’s warfighting doctrine. It is critical that DoD diversify and address our reliance on foreign produced batteries to protect its supply chain resiliency.

Microelectronics

Defense, commercial, and critical infrastructure sectors are all dependent on multiple microelectronics products. microelectronics technology is critical to advanced DoD capabilities such as smart munitions and hypersonic weapons. microelectronics is a primary differentiator that allows DoD to maintain an asymmetric technology advantage over potential adversaries. However, 75% of production, and 98% of assembly, packaging and testing of microelectronics is performed overseas. DoD must overcome this increasing trend to secure the future microelectronics supply.

Castings and Forgings

Cast and forged parts are critical to development, procurement, and sustainment of all major defense systems. These products can withstand high temperatures, pressures, and stresses and are typically long-lived and rugged. The Services use cast and forged parts in almost all platforms (e.g., CVN, F-35, ground vehicles). A robust casting and forging supply chain is needed to provide reliable and prompt delivery of the parts needed for DoD platforms and to develop and produce new systems. Advancements in this sector have begun to reduce sustainment costs, shorten logistics chains, and reduce production costs for key systems.

Strategic and Critical Materials

Strategic and critical materials are those needed to support a military and essential civilian industry, but are not available or produced in the U.S. in sufficient quantities to meet our needs. U.S. reliance on foreign sources of chemicals and solid materials increases risk to critical DoD munitions. The concentration in China of global supply chains for strategic and critical materials creates risk of disruption and of politicized trade practices, including the use of forced labor.