Highlights: DoD Efforts to Assist Defense Manufacturing and the U.S. Industrial Base

Highlights: DoD Efforts to Assist Defense Manufacturing and the U.S. Industrial Base


(guitar music) – There are many challenges
that are systemic to the US and the defense industrial
base that make competition difficult both for a
small, medium size firms but also for the large primes. – As the administration turns
over, we have to make the, setup the next agenda for
the next administration and tell them what’s important
during the transition. From a DOD perspective and from
an international perspective we have to sort of
project ourselves forward. What are we gonna look
like in a hundred years, and what’s in play here
is the actual position in the international community. Manufacturing itself is not
a thing, it’s a process. And what’s happened across the board, across all of the 21st
century, is that we have a convergence of multiple technologies that have created this
creative disruption, the technology itself is globalizing. We have to create product
lines and services more rapidly because the technology life cycles themselves are so short. So in order to be competitive, we have to be competitive in time. – Our core mission is to benchmark where either sector stand or technology stand. We try to raise the awareness of the diminishing manufacturing. If you look at the top seven challenges, we are the top five, the government. Acquisition process, the
healthcare, purchasing volatility, regulatory burden, these are
people that are dedicating themselves to doing defense
work and classified defense work and yet the problem is
not really competition, it’s how we do business. In the space sector, you need
to balance your investment. Short term, long term, because you don’t know where the market’s going. We are losing manufacturing,
hands-on manufacturing, to these touchy feely
Google and other things, even semiconductors, very few employees doing semiconductor work. This is for the 37
hundred space companies. We asked them, are you having a hard time and do you have vacancies,
and they told us yeah, I’ve got almost 25 thousand vacancies when we did that survey. Where? Engineering, production line
workers, test operators. 26% of these defense
facilities that do defense work want help from the FBI and
others on cyber security. We actually are in touch
with the FBI right now, we are trying to do better outreach. – Our job is to assist communities in responding to defense impacts. I can only provide technical assistance and financial assistance
to entities of government. We are here to assist communities. One of the unique things about OEA is that you get a project
manager, cradle to grave, and we really try to break down the silos, cut across federal government. It’s the constant
whipsawing of the DOD budget that causes small to mid sized defense manufacturers
the inability to plan. The way to figure out how best
to energize a local project is to do a social network map, so think of that as a
supply chain for people. Leadership is ultimately
the determining factor in why some projects
work better than others. The bigger we’re casting the
net, the better off we are. Ultimately it’s about
taking the stuff you have, aligning it correctly with
the right people in charge.

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