The Industrial Base Policy office hosts a number of resources for the Department, from reports outlining the importance of manufacturing and the industrial base to national security, to funding opportunities for businesses.

Doing Business with DoD - The Defense Acquisition Toolkit

The Office of Industrial Base Policy is committed to making it easier for businesses to understand the various avenues available to work with the Department of Defense. In the Defense Acquisition Toolkit, you will find a visual representation of the key touchpoints for any business that might wish to create or expand their relationship with the Department of Defense. The Toolkit includes basic steps for businesses to take in order to make their conversations with the Department more productive, identifies a number of additional resources across the United States Government, and outlines various events which companies can attend to learn more about doing business with the Department of Defense. Within the Toolkit are embedded links to all of the listed resources. Of important note, the events outlined do not require a business to complete steps 1-5 in the Toolkit; while helpful, those steps are not required to attend an event.

Congressional Interests and Reports

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy supports Congress’ interest in the health and viability of the Defense Industrial Base as it relates to national security objectives. Industrial Base Policy provides reports, conducts meetings, and shares assessments with Congress in an effort to inform legislation and policy related to the Defense Industrial Base.

Since 1994, Industrial Base Policy’s Annual Report to Congress (required by Title 10, U.S.C., section 2504) summarizes the Department’s industrial capabilities-related guidance, assessments, and mitigation actions. Industrial Base Policy also provides one-time reports to Congress on specific issues and conducts in-person interfaces such as staff briefings and testimonies, as requested.

Please click on the title of each report to download a PDF copy:

Please note: Each report summarizes Department of Defense industrial capabilities-related guidance, assessments, and actions initiated during the prior year and as they existed at the close of that year. It is important to note the status of some of the programs described in each report has changed in the intervening time.

Business Opportunities

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy manages a number of authorities and funding streams that provide unique opportunities for engagement with the Department. To learn more about these initiatives, please visit the appropriate program page: