Yearly Archives: 2018

The decline of the defense industrial base – and what to do about it

Supporters of a strong defense industrial base should view this report as a significant step forward for the U.S. military. After years of being overlooked, the sub-tiers of the defense industrial base, in particular, are now being monitored, evaluated, and supported. The Department of Defense and the White House have started an important conversation by doing the research to bring these problems to the foreground, and it will be up to Congress next year to provide the resources and legislation necessary to cure them.

The 2019 NDAA: A Step Forward on Strategic Minerals

By Jeff Green. Originally posted August 28, 2018, on RealClearDefense. DoD Photo by Kimberly Conrad With the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), along with several executive orders promulgated this year, the Federal government is finally getting serious about revitalizing the defense industrial base. This strategically critical sector […]

Why Congress should embrace Market Research for DOD

By Jeff Green, Originally Published in FCW Tucked away in this year’s version of the Senate National Defense Authorization Act is a provision with potentially far-reaching benefits for IT acquisition within the Department of Defense. This provision modifies acquisition law for major defense programs to facilitate the integration of independent […]

Dangerous Dependence on China for Critical Minerals Runs Deep:

Real Clear Defense  Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, determined that the United States’ economic and military security depend upon 35 essential minerals. Unfortunately, our nation is import-reliant on 30 out of 35. Most alarmingly, we rely on one country — China — for our supply of 12 critical minerals, […]

America’s critical minerals problem has gone from bad to worse

It is no secret that the United States has a critical minerals problem. As the Pentagon’s top acquisition official Ellen Lord said recently, “We have an amazing amount of dependency on China.” Lord called the findings of a forthcoming report on the defense industrial base “quite alarming,” and noted that China is America’s “sole source for rare earth minerals.”

J.A. Green & Co. Signs Seven New Clients

AHEAD OF THE FILINGS: J.A. GREEN SIGNS SEVEN: J.A. Green & Company has seven new clients: Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC to lobby on “issues related to direct commercial sales of certain small-arms”; GN Hearing to lobby on “procurement of advanced hearing protection”; Global Tungsten & Powders to lobby on “issues related to government acquisition of tungsten”; Mark Barnes & […]

Trump’s executive order on minerals will boost national defense

By: Jeff Green Last month, President Trump took an important step toward ensuring America’s long-term national security by signing an executive order to improve access to America’s metals and minerals. The order fundamentally changes U.S. policy toward critical minerals and will assure the United States has access to these materials for use in every […]