The Industrial 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 the Department of Defense: The Defense Acquisition Welcome Mat
The Office of Industrial 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 Welcome Mat, 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 Welcome Mat 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 DoD. Within the Welcome Mat 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 Welcome Mat; while helpful, those steps are not required to attend an event.
Executive Order 13806
On July 21, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Order 13806, directing the Department of Defense to lead a whole of government assessment of the health of the manufacturing and defense industrial base of the United States. The effort, chaired by the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, included nine government agencies and offices and over 300 government employees.
Released on October 5, 2018, the report outlines current risks in the manufacturing and defense industrial base and provides a set of comprehensive actions to mitigate identified risks. While the report was conducted during a set period of time, the work of the assessment carries on within Industrial Policy. The Department will use the Annual Capabilities Report to Congress to provide an ongoing update to Congress, the White House, and the American public on the health of the defense industrial base and risk mitigations in place to address vulnerabilities.
Please click the link below to download a PDF copy of the report:
Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States, Report in Response to Executive Order 13806 (Sept 2018)
Congressional Interests and Reports
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Industrial Policy supports Congress’ interest in the health and viability of the defense industrial base (DIB) as it relates to national security objectives. Industrial Policy provides reports, conducts meetings, and shares assessments with Congress in an effort to inform legislation and policy related to the DIB.
Since 1994, Industrial 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 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 DoD 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.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Industrial 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: