Aviation Week Publishes Grundman Commentary, “Lessons From A Korean War-Era National Security Exercise”

2 August 2017 • 0 Comments

Writing in the Up Front column of Aviation Week, Steve Grundman addresses the Executive Order President Trump signed last month under the ponderous title, “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States”. Prompted by comparisons Administration spokesmen for the Order have made to Project Solarium, the Eisenhower Administration’s 1953 review of national strategy toward the Soviet Union, Grundman imagines the scope and conduct of a truly strategic assessment of US policy toward the industrial sector addressing defense needs. This daydream notwithstanding, the Executive Order is unlikely, he concludes, to instigate a Solarium-quality strategic planning exercise for defense industry; its scope and objectives are too cramped and its organization too unwieldy.

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