There are calls from many quarters to increase the size of the U.S. military, accelerate current major weapons programs and invest in revolutionary technologies for the future. What we are seeing could be the first signs of national industrial mobilization. To an extent, what is happening in the United States today mirrors the tentative steps the Western Allies, but particularly Great Britain, began to take in the early 1930s. Then, like now, the process of national industrial mobilization began slowly and somewhat fitfully. Without question, a military build-up will require lots of dollars for defense. But unless the industrial base is prepared to accelerate production, all the money in the world will not produce the desired results. I have written about this, with particular emphasis on increasing the capacity of the nation’s nuclear submarine industrial base, for RealClearDefense here.
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