Congress doesn't focus enough on preserving America's defense industrial base, but such a long-term vision is needed if the nation is to remain secure, writes Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. "[S]lashing procurement threatens the industry's ability to deliver vital capabilities in the future, when a crisis develops somewhere around the globe and the Defense Department comes knocking on our door," Blakey writes. "By the time a global or regional threat requires the Pentagon to 'buy back' its lost years of modernization, however, it may be too late."

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