How DoD trains the industrial base to fit its needs

  • How DoD trains the industrial base to fit its needs

    Posted by on December 22, 2020 at 12:19 AM

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    Defense Department planners know they can't succeed with a technological edge over enemies, unless the U.S. industrial base can design and build things the military needs. That's the idea behind an initiative called the National Imperative for Industrial Skills, backed by $27 million in seed money. With more, the director of the industrial base analysis and sustainment program, Adele Ratcliff, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    Interview transcript:

    Tom Temin: Mr. Ratcliff, good to have you on.

    Adele Ratcliff: Nice to be here today.

    Tom Temin: Tell us more about this program and what you're trying to accomplish.

    Adele Ratcliff: Excited to be here today to talk about this. Our industrial skills workers have been the bedrock of our economic and national security since the history of our country. But we've seen an erosion of that pipeline of industrial skills, development, and the prestige of that recruiting, training and putting people into that pipeline. Our think tanks estimate more than 2 million open manufacturing jobs in this country. Those jobs create economic growth and when needed support national security. And these are promising and fulfilling jobs that people can enter into. As we canvassed our industrial base and talk to industry and talk to schools, we saw this chronic and acute shortage of labor really starting to impinge upon our

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