|should create offices with specific responsibility for industrial preparedness planning. "War-stoppers" should be identified, resources provided, and the needed planning with industry undertaken to ensure the capability for sustained surge production of critical warfighting materiel.|
|The Department of Defense should take the lead in monitoring the health of defense industries, raising the warning flag when problems are discerned, so that appropriate remedies can be designed and acted upon in time. An overall strategic plan should be developed in this behest.|
|The Department of Defense should make the requirements of the defense industrial base, including post-production support and surge considerations, an integral part of the acquisition process.|
|The Department of Defense should consider reinstating the Manufacturing Board, Manufacturing Strategy Committee, and Production Base Advocate to strengthen support to and communication with the defense industrial base.|
|In general, policies should be weighed for their encouragement of modernization, technology investment, and other initiatives, to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. industrial base with its counterparts abroad.|
|The Department of Defense should assume an active leadership role in quality management and strive to remove "non-value-added" requirements and other impediments that stifle industry's quest for greater quality of its products. This is an indispensable step toward restoring a more general sense of cooperative partnership in government- industry relations and dispelling the confrontational climate that is all too much in evidence today.|
It may be argued that these recommendations amount to mere organizational expedients, to new insertions into an already excessive government bureaucracy. There are admittedly limits to what government can hope to accomplish in democratic society, especially in the face of complex socioeconomic forces and trends. It should not be forgotten, however, that it is the mandate of government in democratic societies to spotlight critical national priorities, to devise and propose strategies for meeting them, and to assert leadership in the process. That applies particularly to the highest responsibility of government: safeguarding the nation's security.