Pentagon shares new vision to address problems with its microelectronics supply chain
The Pentagon released a broad “Microelectronics Vision” this week that outlines the foundational framework for its highly anticipated, in-the-making national strategy to help holistically mitigate intensifying supply chain vulnerabilities. However, some observers found it lacking in detail.
The 12-page document — publicly shared Wednesday by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks via tweet — was informed by a range of comprehensive studies. It comes roughly a year-and-a-half after the Pentagon established the Defense Microelectronics Cross-Functional Team (DMCFT) to produce an enterprise-wide strategy with implementation and transition proposals to enable a more sustainable national ecosystem of such components, which are critical for a wide range of U.S. military systems.
“The U.S. military advantage depends on microelectronics to create and sustain technological superiority,” Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman told FedScoop on Friday. “Releasing the document now emphasizes the importance in developing a departmentwide microelectronics strategy.”