DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter
Sent By:
Kenneth.Kort@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/31/2017

DEADLINE: COB on Monday, April 3rd

 

Dear Colleague,

The Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) and Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) programs allow the Department to meet national defense needs by directing investments toward areas of greatest need and potential benefit. Through
world-class advanced manufacturing processes, capabilities, and techniques, ManTech and IBAS are able to reduce the Department’s materiel acquisition, maintenance, and sustainment costs and vulnerabilities.

While making critical and direct contributions to national security, these investment programs strengthen and transform the American manufacturing industrial base in ways that benefit our entire economy. IBAS creates partnerships to address critical industrial
base needs, strengthen the US industrial base and mitigates supply chain vulnerabilities across traditional and emerging technologies. Each of the manufacturing institutes under ManTech partners with universities and industry to drive innovation in manufacturing
while creating jobs and training skilled workers.

Please join me in requesting that the Defense Subcommittee fund these critical programs at $425 million for Fiscal Year 2018.

For more information or to sign on to the letter, please contact Kenneth Kort at
kenneth.kort@mail.house.gov. The deadline to sign onto this letter is COB Monday, April 3rd.

 

Louise M. Slaughter

Member of Congress       

 

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April XX, 2017

 

The Honorable Kay Granger                                   The Honorable Pete Visclosky

Chairwoman                                                          Ranking Member

Defense Subcommittee                                         Defense Subcommittee

Committee on Appropriations                                 Committee on Appropriations

H-405, The Capitol                                                H-405, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515                                          Washington, DC 20515

 

Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky:

The Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech) was mandated by Congress to further national security objectives through the development and application of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes. Today, manufacturing dominance
is the foundation our military’s technological edge and ability to project force around the world.

ManTech programs allow the Department to meet national defense needs by directing investments toward areas of greatest need and potential benefit. By providing world-class advanced manufacturing processes, techniques, and equipment, ManTech is able to reduce
the Department’s materiel acquisition, maintenance, and repair costs. ManTech’s targeted investments advance the maturity of manufacturing processes to bridge the gap from research and development to full-scale production. While making critical and direct
contributions to national security, ManTech programs also strengthen and transform American manufacturing in ways that benefit our entire economy.

The Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program underpins the robustness of our Nation’s industrial base. The IBAS program supports the National Defense Strategy by maintaining and improving the health of critical and fragile industrial base
capabilities that need to be protected for National security, are at risk of being lost or acquired by foreign interests, and are needed presently or have verified future requirements. IBAS’s design teams are able to reduce the Department’s material acquisition
and sustainment cost, and supply chain risks through strategic investments that incorporate critical workforce skills to avoid additional costs associated with reconstituting equipment and by supporting expansion and competition of reliable sources.

There is a significant and continuing need for federal investments to address manufacturing technology challenges, industrial base shortfalls and supply chain vulnerabilities that are beyond the risk of industry. ManTech and IBAS are uniquely positioned
to address the pressing needs for affordable modernization and sustainment within the Department while enhancing the skills and capabilities of the manufacturing workforce. Without a strong and enduring commitment to these programs, our Nation will not be
able to integrate emerging technologies into real capabilities that support our national defense.

For these reasons, we respectfully request that the Defense Subcommittee include $400 million funding for the Department’s ManTech program and $25 million in funding for the Department’s IBAS program for Fiscal Year 2018.

Sincerely,

 

Louise M. Slaughter

Member of Congress