President Donald Trump has identified a fact few of his recent predecessors have understood: the Defense Industrial Base of the United States (DIB) is a critical component of our national security. The DIB is more important than any individual weapons program – be it an aircraft carrier, long range bomber, or high-tech tank. But for too long, the DIB has been ignored, mismanaged or even attacked.
With his signing of an executive order to review and revitalize America’s industrial base, the president has taken the first step to rebuilding the nation’s defense infrastructure. This will also encourage the restoration of redundancies in our industrial capability that are crucial both in peace time and in times of war. Like Ronald Reagan, President Trump also understands that DIB jobs are high-paying and give skilled workers in regions that have suffered from economic neglect a chance to get back to work in our factories and shipyards.
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