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The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) puts out a report every year called “Vital Signs,” which assesses the health of the defense industrial base. This year, for the first time, the organization gave a failing grade.

  • Col. Wesley Hallman (USAF, ret.), senior vice president for strategy and policy at NDIA, said the report shows that the pandemic exacerbated existing challenges, including supply chain issues and a decrease in new entrants.
  • Hallman said the supply chain category suffered steady declines across the board, with workforce as a top challenge, which he said is often seen as a state and local issue.
  • Hallman said a slight decrease in the level of cyber vulnerabilities did not make up for the overall low score in industrial security.

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