Portman Introduces FY2021 NDAA Amendment to Assess the Surge Capacity of Defense Industrial Base Manufacturers

June 30, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced an amendment to the Senate’s FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the surge capacity of defense industrial base manufacturers compared to that of our adversaries.  As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, the United States often lacks the capacity to produce critical supplies during periods of crisis when there are surges in demand for critical items. It is crucial that our domestic industrial base have the capacity to quickly ramp up production in times of crisis, so that we are not overly dependent on foreign products.   

“In wartime or times of crisis in our nation, it’s important that the Department of Defense has a clear understanding of defense industrial base manufacturers' capacity to produce equipment for our military,” said Portman. “There are many large and small businesses in my home state of Ohio that possess the capability and capacity to meet DoD equipment requirements during times of national emergencies—it is important for these businesses and DoD to know what the requirements are and which companies can fulfill them. I introduced this amendment to ensure that the DoD has a full understanding of what manufacturers are able to provide, especially during war or a crisis when there is a surge in demand for product.”