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US unveils steps to shore up defence industrial base

7th October 2018 - 19:51 GMT | by Marc Selinger in Washington, DC

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The Trump administration is pumping millions of dollars into the US defence industrial base to address some of the nearly 300 ‘gaps and vulnerabilities’ identified by a recent Pentagon-led study, according to a senior administration official.

The administration is spending almost $70 million to shore up a gun components plant, and $1 million to buy tooling to create another source for an Abrams tank component, the official said during a briefing on late 4 October. 

Other steps are planned, including expanding manufacturing capabilities for lithium seawater batteries used in anti-submarine warfare and fuel cells used in future unmanned undersea vehicles.

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