Reed and Manufacturing Caucus Talk Defense, Manufacturing Relationship at Briefing
Rep. Tom Reed and the House Manufacturing Caucus’ latest meeting brought a new topic to the table: the Defense Industrial Base. Rep. Reed and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Co-Chairs of the Caucus, were joined by panelists from local manufacturers Dresser-Rand, Lockheed Martin, and the Department of Defense to explore the inner connectivity of robust domestic manufacturers and the country’s national security.
“Hearing from representatives of manufacturers with facilities in the 23rd district, Dresser-Rand in Olean and Lockheed Martin in Owego, there is a real need to get our U.S. manufacturers on a fair, level playing field to protect those jobs and decrease our reliance on other nations for the products we need to defend our nation,” Rep. Reed said.
“Panelists stressed the need to develop a strong workforce with an emphasis on STEM education – something we’ve been extremely supportive of – to train the manufacturing workforce of the future. We also discussed the importance of having strong ties among universities and manufacturers – a theme we explored at length in a previous Caucus briefing on workforce development. We’ll continue to share these themes with other Members of Congress to heighten their awareness of the need for a strong U.S. manufacturing base.”
The briefing comes at a fitting time as the House debates the Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014. “Adequate funding for the Department of Defense means our troops are supported and our families are protected – two objectives I care very much about,” Reed continued.
Panelists at the House Manufacturing Caucus meeting:
Dale Smith, Director, Government Business Unit – Dresser-Rand Company: Dresser-Rand equipment is used on hundreds of U.S. Navy ships. They have been a major supplier of naval auxiliary steam and are the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for turbines on the Ohio, Los Angeles, and Seawolf classes of submarines. Their experience continues as the OEM for all main propulsion turbines on the Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the next generation Ford class.
Steven Betza, Corporate Director of Hardware Engineering - Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Elana Broitman, Acting, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. Before moving to the Department of Defense she most recently served as senior advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). The mission of her office is to ensure robust, secure, resilient, and innovative industrial capabilities upon which the Department of Defense can rely to fulfill the Warfighter’s requirements.
Brigadier General John Adams, U.S. Army (Retired), President of Guardian Six Consulting LLC. Retired from the U.S. Army in September 2007, he authored the widely heralded report released in 2013, Remaking American Security: Supply Chain Vulnerabilities and National Security Risks Across the U.S. Defense Industrial Base.