Task force examines armed services supply chain threats

Two New Jersey Democrats will be part of an eight-member bipartisan task force is chartered to review the industrial base supply chain to identify and analyze threats and vulnerabilities.

Reps. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the activation of the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force, which will be co-chaired by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.).

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), seen here with Congressman Andy Kim, are members of a bipartisan supply chain task force.

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) are members of the task force, along with Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.), and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.).

Committee leadership can initiate a task force to execute oversight of issues that cross multiple subcommittee jurisdictions or are deemed worthy of special attention by its Members.

Smith said the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force will have three months to examine the existing industrial base supply chain.

The task force is being established as the Biden administration has launched a comprehensive review of U.S. supply chains, including the defense industrial base.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said the executive order from President Joe Biden to review the U.S. defense industrial base is the start of a “major effort” to secure national supply chains from challenges posed by China’s role in the global marketplace.

The previous administration conducted multiple reviews of the defense supply chain, identifying among the nation’s weaknesses dependencies on China in areas like rare earth minerals and other critical resources.

“The United States needs resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains to ensure our economic prosperity and national security,” said Biden’s executive order. “Pandemics and other biological threats, cyber-attacks, climate shocks and extreme weather events, terrorist attacks, geopolitical and economic competition, and other conditions can reduce critical manufacturing capacity and the availability and integrity of critical goods, products, and services.”

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