Managing Materials for a Twenty-first Century Military by Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile,

By Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile, National Research Council

Given that 1939, the U.S. executive, utilizing the nationwide safety Stockpile (NDS), has been stockpiling serious strategic fabrics for nationwide safety. the industrial and nationwide safety environments, although, have replaced considerably from the time the NDS was once created. present threats are extra assorted, construction and processing of key fabrics is extra globally dispersed, the worldwide festival for uncooked fabrics is expanding, the U.S. army is extra depending on civilian undefined, and relies way more on just-in-time stock regulate. to assist be sure the importance of those alterations for the strategic fabrics stockpile, the dept of protection requested the NRC to evaluate the continued want for and cost of the NDS. This document starts with the ancient context of the NDS. It then provides a dialogue of raw-materials and minerals offer, an exam of fixing security making plans and fabrics wishes, an research of recent instruments used to control fabrics offer chains, and an evaluate of present operational practices of the NDS.

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All rights reserved. html 26 M a nag i n g M at e r i a l s for a Twenty-first Century Military and 1963 examined the operations of the stockpile in open hearings. An interdepartmental disposal committee was established by the director of the OEP in 1963 to develop long-range disposal plans for materials that were no longer required (OEP, 1965). 6 billion (OEP, 1966). The Materials Reserve and Stockpile Act of 1965 directed that the national stockpile, the supplemental stockpile, including the Commodity Credit Corporation stockpile, and the Defense Production Act inventory be combined into the National Stockpile, a single stockpile chartered to hold all the required strategic and critical materials and with a long-range disposal plan to reduce the inventory of excess materials.

There is also a disconnect between the transformation of DoD force planning to a capability-based process and the obsolete analytical methods used to specify materials requirements for the NDS. The committee is concerned that while there have been some attempts over the years to make the assumptions underlying the conflict scenarios used to set materials requirements more relevant, the models themselves are based on economic factors and do not account for changes in either the types of materials used or the ways they are used.

S. industry to supply and process raw materials for defense systems, and the continuing increase in the nation’s dependency on foreign sources for materials call for a fresh assessment of the risk and a new policy response. The committee also became convinced that notwithstanding the ineffectiveness of the current configuration of the NDS, there remains a role for the federal govern­ ment in the active management of the supply of materials for defense systems. Having considered which tools, in addition to or instead of a stockpile, could help to assure a continuing supply of materials, the committee concluded that a whole new approach was required.

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