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- Brigadier General John Adams, U.S. Army, Retired

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Guardian Six in Action

Guardian Six Consulting completed an in-depth analysis of vulnerabilities to selected nodes of the U.S. defense industrial base in partnership with the Alliance for American Manufacturing. The report focused in particular on the risk associated with offshoring critical U.S. defense supply chains. “Remaking American Security” was a call to action to ensure that the United States has the defense industrial base that it needs to meet any future threat.

Guardian Six Consulting is assisting JSR Micro to meet the critical energy challenges faced by the Department of Defense. The deployment of new energy-efficient technologies will provide the warfighter with more capability at a lower cost.

Making the Armed Force Capable and Affordable

By Brig. Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Last week Frank Kendall gave testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on how the United States can save money and get the troops what they need in an era of falling budgets. Kendall, a senior Pentagon official in charge of procuring materiel and services, specifically recommended strengthening the U.S. defense acquisition workforce. This would mean giving the hardworking men and women who write, negotiate, and monitor contracts with industry the tools they need to deliver value and capability to both the warfighter and the U.S. taxpayer.

The discussion touched on a number of approaches to avoid costly overruns and capability gaps in the future, an issue that Guardian Six addressed in our 2013 report “Remaking American Security,” which we prepared in partnership with the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Below are a few of the themes discussed in that report:

Think long term and don’t let short-term budget pressure dictate strategy. As Kendall and others have repeatedly emphasized, the Pentagon can’t realistically plan and invest under sequestration and broader budget uncertainty. Underperforming or unnecessary programs should be scrapped or pared back, but in a way that doesn’t cause the U.S. lead in defense technology to decay.

Don’t neglect America’s domestic defense industrial base. Committee members rightly pointed to the dynamism, creativity, and innovation found in the private sector. Indeed, a great strength of the U.S. approach to defense has been the ability to harness those very qualities. But this does not make excessive reliance on commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment, many of which rely on inputs from competitor nations like China, a wise approach to balance the books.

Domestic capability and capacity in key sectors is a source of strength and independence, and helps to ensure that foreign nations can’t dictate the way in which America arms and equips its fighting men and women.

A smart industrial base policy prepares for an unpredictable world decades down the road. It doesn’t try to meet artificial budget targets today.

The U.S. defense acquisition community needs industrial partners. Even with the best incentives and the most flexibility, the Pentagon won’t be able to provide the warfighter with the best gear possible at the best price unless it has knowledgeable, committed partners in industry.

During the Iraq war, the United States was able to build huge numbers of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles because U.S. industry was able to quickly translate Pentagon requirements into capabilities on the ground. The MRAP days are over, but anyone who thinks that the U.S. military will never need to rapidly scale up again is being naïve.

For more background and analysis for how the United States can preserve a strong domestic defense industrial base, please see our complete report at: http://americanmanufacturing.org/blog/report-says-us-military-dangerousl...

Guardian Six President Speaks on Climate Change and U.S. National Security

Guardian Six President Brig. Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) discussed the complex interactions of climate change and U.S. national security at two recent events in Tennessee hosted by the American Security Project. Climate change is literally redrawing the map in crucial regions, such as the Arctic, and U.S. leaders will grapple with the effects as these changes continue over the coming decades.

Adams and Castellaw also met with local business leaders and received briefings on government and academic initiatives to develop sustainable energy solutions.

An in-depth summary of the events can be found at: http://americansecurityproject.org/blog/2014/asp-in-tennessee-climate-ch....

“U.S. defense industrial base is vulnerable and needs fixing” – Guardian Six President John Adams in The Hill

On Friday, Guardian Six President Brig. Gen. John Adams published an op-ed in The Hill about threats to the U.S. defense industrial base in reaction to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent visit to China. He looks at current instability in the world, including Russian actions towards Ukraine, and advises that the United States needs to secure the supply chains required to produce U.S. weapons and other military systems.

It would be unwise to doubt the current ability of the U.S. military to fulfill such obligations, in Asia or elsewhere. But the choices that U.S. leaders make today will determine whether America’s armed forces, and the brave men and women who constitute them, will retain their edge and win those fights in the future.

Adams Delivers Remarks on Defense Industrial Base Alongside Senior Lawmakers and Industry Representatives

On March 20, Guardian Six President Brig. Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) spoke at an event in Pawtucket, RI alongside Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Guardian Six, and Industry Leaders to Discuss Defense Industrial Base on March 20

On March 20, Guardian Six President Brig Gen. John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) will speak alongside Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island as well as local defense industry leaders, to discuss threats to the U.S. defense industrial base at an event hosted by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

Adams called the event “a great opportunity to exchange views with a real champion for U.S. defense and U.S. manufacturing, as well as some of the hardworking individuals who actually make the weapons and gear that our fighting men and women need.”

Adams will discuss the findings from the 2013 Guardian Six/Alliance for American Manufacturing report, “Remaking American Security,” which analyzes vulnerabilities to the U.S. defense industrial base.

  • Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Time: 6:00pm (doors open 5:30)
  • Address: Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861

Speakers:

  • U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.), Guardian Six Consulting
  • Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • Melissa Thomas, Raytheon Company
  • Janet Raymond, Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board
  • Frank Hotchkiss, United Steelworkers
  • Ron Chewning, The NanoSteel Company

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