WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today joined Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Retired) for the release of a new report entitled Remaking American Security. The report finds that America’s national security and the health of the nation’s defense industrial base are in jeopardy due to increased reliance on foreign suppliers for critical defense materials. The report, which was released at a press conference today with U.S. Congressmen Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), and Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, offers ten recommendations to make America more independent and strengthen our national security by safeguarding America’s industrial base.
“Standing behind every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is a proud group of American workers and companies building the platforms and weapon systems essential to our national defense,” said Murphy.“In my home state of Connecticut, companies like Ansonia Specialty Metals are making products used in nearly every vessel in the U.S. Navy. This report reminds us that if the federal government were to allow these critical defense manufacturers to go out of business, it would have dire consequences for our national security.”
“Our company has produced shipboard tubing for the US Navy for more than 70 years,” said John Barto, Vice President & General Manager of Ansonia SpecialtyMetals. “We understand the importance of manufacturing to military specifications and take pride in delivering a superior product made in America by our skilled and dedicated workforce. Our business has adapted many times over the years to a changing marketplace. The report Remaking American Security shines a light on the pressures facing companies like ours. It is our hope that policymakers will focus on strengthening the American defense industrial base so we can continue supporting our military.”
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