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The U.S. Defense Industrial Base in an Era of Strategic Competition

March 24, 2023 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT

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The CSIS International Security Program is honored to host U.S. Representatives Mike Waltz (R-FL) and Jason Crow (D-CO) for a conversation on the state of the U.S. defense industrial base on Friday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, will moderate a discussion of his recent report, “Empty Bins in a Wartime Environment: The Challenge to the U.S. Defense Industrial Base.”

The U.S. defense industrial base faces a significant challenge in an era of strategic competition with growing threats from China and Russia. This discussion will examine the scale and scope of challenges with the U.S. industrial base for deterrence and warfighting. In his report, Seth Jones highlights the need for the Department of Defense to work with Congress and develop a plan to revitalize the U.S. defense industrial base so the United States can prepare for the era of competition that now exists and deter future conflicts. 

Representatives Mike Waltz and Jason Crow have been leaders in the House of Representatives, holding Russia accountable for its illegal invasion of Ukraine, and encouraging efforts to prepare U.S. Government for competition with an increasingly aggressive Chinese Communist Party. Representative Waltz serves on the House Armed Services Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Readiness.  Both members serve together on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where Representative Crow serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability. Representatives Waltz and Crow have encouraged bipartisan cooperation to ensure the United States can defend its allies, partners, and the American homeland as great power rivals like China and Russia advance their global interests. Both Congressmen served with distinction in the United States Army Special Forces. 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Contact Information

Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program