Industrial Base Policy News

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25 MAR 2022

ASD Deborah Rosenblum Visits Key Supply Chain Stakeholders

On March 22, Deborah Rosenblum, who is performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, visited MP Materials’ Mountain Pass, California production site to congratulate the team on their recent award of a $35 million Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment contract to build a Heavy Rare Earth Element (HREE) processing facility. National security and essential civilian markets require stable access to refined rare earth elements as these critical elements are used in a variety of defense applications, as well as electric vehicles, wind turbines, and other modern technology applications.


18 MAR 2022

DOD Announces $2.1 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with Nalas Engineering Services to Strengthen the Domestic Critical Chemicals Industrial Base

As part of the nation's effort to sustain the critical chemicals manufacturing capability necessary for national and economic security, and in support of Executive Order 14017, America’s Supply Chains, the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded $2.1 million to Nalas Engineering Services (Nalas).


22 FEB 2022

DoD Awards $35 Million to MP Materials to Build U.S. Heavy Rare Earth Separation Capacity

The Department of Defense awarded a $35 million contract to MP Materials Corp. (MP) of Las Vegas, Nevada to design and build a facility to process heavy rare earth elements (HREE) at the company’s Mountain Pass, California production site. This project will establish the first processing and separation facility of its kind for HREEs in support of both defense and commercial applications in the United States.


04 FEB 2022

DASD (Industrial Base Policy) Addresses Forging Industry Association Members

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy (DASD(IBP)), Mr. Jesse Salazar, was the opening keynote speaker at the Forging Industry Association’s 2022 FIA Lobby Day on February 2nd. The two-day event, offered Forging Industry Association (FIA) members an opportunity to discuss crucial industry issues that directly impact their business with leaders from Washington, D.C.


08 DEC 2021

DoD Launches First Project MFG Maritime-Focused Welding Competition

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy, through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program, partnered with the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office for Strategic Submarines (PEO SSBN) to co-host the first Project MFG maritime-focused welding competition on November 9 at the Philly Shipyard Welding Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Project MFG, led by RD Solutions, LLC, is a series of interdisciplinary team competitions, sponsored by the IBAS program, designed to promote the prestige of manufacturing and inspire individuals to enter the manufacturing sector.


08 DEC 2021

DoD Establishes Public-Private Partnership to Bolster Defense Electronics Sector

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, has advanced the U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics (USPAE) into the first of six planned option years under its seven-year Lead-free Electronics prototype project. Funded through the “Cornerstone” Other Transaction Authority (OTA), this $8.95 million award enables USPAE to strengthen the economic and force posture of the electronics sector across the U.S. defense industrial base (DIB) by establishing a public-private partnership framework between the U.S. Government and USPAE to form the new Defense Electronics Consortium (DEC).


23 NOV 2021

DASD(IndPol) Jump Starts West Virginia Aluminum Production Facility

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (DASD(IndPol)), Mr. Jesse Salazar, joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Constellium 144-inch aluminum cold rolling mill in Ravenswood, West Virginia on November 8, 2021. Constellium’s CEO, Mr. Jean-Marc Germain; Mr. Buddy Stemple, CEO of Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC; and Mr. Ben Spurlock, Regional Coordinator for Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) were also at the historic event.


16 NOV 2021

NTIB Principals’ Forum Meeting Readout

Mr. Jesse Salazar, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Industrial Policy participated in the quarterly National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) Principals' Forum Meeting on Tuesday, November 9 alongside fellow principals, Dr. Peter Sawczak, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Australian Department of Defence; Ms. Hélène Picard, Director General International and Industry Programs, Canadian Department of National Defence; and Mr. Huw Walters, Director Economic Security & Prosperity, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ministry of Defence.


03 NOV 2021

DoD and Auburn University Continue Key Training Partnership

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, awarded Auburn University $1.85 million to begin the second year of the Systems Engineering Technology (SET) Program Development and Application project. Funded under the IBAS program’s National Imperative for Industrial Skills (“Skills Imperative”) initiative, SET seeks to reduce the time it takes the U.S. to develop critical technologies by rapidly training technicians to support model-based systems engineering. The SET program, which results in a two-year associate degree in Systems Engineering Technology, is currently being developed through a pathfinder curriculum offered through Calhoun Community College near Huntsville, Alabama.


03 NOV 2021

DoD breathes life into the Industrial Skills Workforce Development Ecosystem

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, has awarded Aeromarc, LLC a 36-month contract to continue its Electronics Manufacturing Technical Education pilot project. The project, funded under IBAS’ National Imperative for Industrial Skills (“Skills Imperative”) initiative, develops and deploys industry and academia organization collaboration nodes throughout the U.S. in the form of 2-and-4-year engineering and technical/associate programs focused on electronics manufacturing, customizing each program to serve local industry needs. This prototype effort demonstrates an approach DoD can cost-effectively deploy to address the defense electronics industry’s persistent skilled workforce gaps.

15 OCT 2021

Why Small Businesses Are Essential to U.S. National Security

Small businesses are the engines of the U.S. economy, the heartbeat of communities, and the sources of U.S. global economic strength. This is often heard from the nation's leaders, but what is not often heard is the importance of small businesses to national security. Read the full article here.


23 SEPT 2021

DoD and Texas A&M Partnership Yielding Major Investments in Manufacturing Across Texas

The Department of Defense Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol)’s partnership with Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is bringing significant investments to the Texas defense manufacturing sector. In September 2020, TEES kicked-off a $6.4 million project funded by IndPol’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program under its National Imperative for Industrial Skills (NIIS or “Skills Imperative”) initiative to work with regional stakeholders in industry and academia across Texas to understand their specific workforce shortfalls and skills gaps. TEES’ initial thrust focused on organizing and hosting outreach events and workshops to discuss what skills, tools, and techniques (including manufacturing and other competencies) were needed to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) fields, and also increase awareness of DoD manufacturing workforce needs. As an independent State Agency of Texas, TEES is mandated to provide research, education, and technology transfer for the benefit of society. It is through this mandate that TEES has the organic network and infrastructure to rapidly deploy manufacturing education and address the growing shortage of industrial skills. To date, TEES’ efforts have resulted in over $25 million of financial commitments to leverage NIIS efforts in the region.


23 SEPT 2021

DoD Helps Build Trusted Partnership among Philadelphia Region Defense Suppliers, High Schools and Community Colleges

On September 15, the Pennsylvania Pipeline Philadelphia Region Workforce Pilot convened over 100 key regional stakeholders from the defense industry, academia, Department of Defense/Navy, and state/local government, to formally partner participating defense employers with area career and technical education (CTE) programs and technical high schools poised to meet the demand for shipbuilding and ship sustainment. The event included 17 critical suppliers from the Navy’s submarine and aircraft carrier programs, pledging more than 60 jobs in the coming year and committing to source their new hires from 12 area CTE programs expected to produce nearly 500 qualified candidates across key maritime trades like welding, machining, fitting, and electrical.


20 SEPT 2021

DASD(IndPol) Visits Oak Ridge National Lab for an Up-front Look at IBAS Impacts

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (DASD(IndPol)), Mr. Jesse Salazar, and Ms. Adele Ratcliff, Director of the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, visited with senior representatives of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on August 9, 2021. This executive-level on-site engagement focused on exploring opportunities for greater long-term return on investment by advancing DoD goals in key areas including hypersonics, additive manufacturing (to address castings and forgings issues for critical systems), advanced and digital manufacturing technologies and training, and democratizing manufacturing.


20 SEPT 2021

DoD Paves the Way for Critical Mineral Recovery from Coal Ash

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), recently kicked off the “Critical Minerals from Coal Ash” prototype pilot project. This $4 million, 30-month project funded under IndPol’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program will develop and demonstrate next generation technologies for recovery of critical minerals, including rare earth elements/rare earth oxides (REE/REOs), from coal ash using a domestic supply source.


20 SEPT 2021

DoD Expands Program to Strengthen U.S. Machine Tool Enterprise

The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol) has awarded the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) $20.3 million in follow-on funds to continue machine tools technology development for America’s Cutting Edge (ACE). This DoD-led initiative, funded through IndPol’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, aims to revitalize the U.S. machine tool sector through transformative thinking, technology, and training.


30 JUNE 2021

Creating a New Generation of Submarine Shipbuilders

The Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), through its Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program, recently awarded Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) an $11.8 million contract option to continue its efforts in expanding the maritime workforce in the Southeastern New England region. On June 1, 2021, SENEDIA launched a submarine shipbuilding talent repository that identifies eligible workers with the right skills and talents to support the Department’s maritime workforce supply chain throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


30 JUNE 2021

Congressional Staffers Observe ACE CNC Machining Training Now Underway in East Tennessee

Newly developed technology taught in CNC machining training program combines online CAM+ app and in-person training


23 JUNE 2021

DoD Expands the Aperture on Precision Optics

The American Center for Optics Manufacturing, Inc. (AmeriCOM), in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), kicked off the “Defense Precision Optics Workforce Development and Technology Ecosystem” project on May 19, 2021. AmeriCOM designed this project to mitigate the national shortage of highly skilled optics technicians critical to defense weapon system manufacturing while also strengthening the broader defense precision optics industrial base. IndPol’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program awarded this $34 million, 5-year project to advance the state of precision optics technologies and manufacturing capabilities, including ensuring a sufficient pipeline supplying skilled technicians to meet these essential defense needs.


28 MAY 2021

DoD Industrial Policy Partners with Navy to Support Defense Maritime Industrial Workforce and Production Needs in Philadelphia Region

The U.S. Navy’s Shipbuilding Industrial Base Task Force (SIB-TF), in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (IndPol), launched the “Pennsylvania Pipeline Project: Philadelphia Region Workforce Pilot” on May 27, 2021.

26 APR 2021

Project MFG National Championship

Project MFG National Championship – Clash of Trades – first broadcast on April 20th, follows four teams, four states, through one identical advanced manufacturing challenge. The teams fought their way through local, state, and regional competitions to win prizes, scholarships, and the title of Project MFG Champion.