Arlington, Va. — No doubt about it, we’re facing a very challenging future. As Secretary Hagel has recently stated, under the existing budget caps we have a fundamental choice between either a much smaller military that is more technologically advanced as a result of minimizing cuts to modernization programs; or retaining the military at nearly its current size but creating and deploying little or no new capabilities. We agree with Secretary Hagel that we must be able to counter and surpass the technological advances of our potential adversaries.
When it comes to our country’s vital national security interests we must make smart choices. As this Congress and the Administration consider future defense planning, we advocate that our leaders adopt an industrial base strategy to mitigate looming investment deficits and sustain the U.S. defense industrial base. We should identify and protect core, military-unique private sector capabilities that are most needed to defend our homeland and build security globally.
We strongly urge the executive and legislative branches to take sensible, long-term, measures to mitigate the current harm underinvestment is doing to our military and the industrial base that equips it. Failing to do so would undercut our role as a reliable and responsive provider of urgent wartime needs and as an indispensable asset to America’s security.