The Pentagon has completed a study ordered by President Trump of the health of the nation’s defense industrial base, and it now is undergoing interagency review. The study, which will identify risk areas within the industrial base and supply chain, is expected to be released publicly when it is ready for publication, reports Defense News. … DOD last week released a separate study, the annual Industrial Capabilities report, which found that the nation’s defense industry continued to outperform other sectors in fiscal 2017. The report warned, however, that the industry faces significant long-term challenges, including an aging workforce and a lack of employees with science backgrounds, reported Defense News. Aerospace and defense firms are “faced with a shortage of qualified workers to meet current demands as well as needing to integrate a younger workforce with the ‘right skills, aptitude, experience, and interest to step into the jobs vacated by senior-level engineers and skilled technicians’ as they exit the workforce,” the report states.
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