William â€œBillâ€ Brown, chairman and CEO of L3Harris TechnologiesÂ and a previous Wash100 awardee, wrote in a commentary published Monday on Defense News that there are several actions the Department of Defense and industry should implement to strengthen the countryâ€™s defense supply chain and one is ensuring sustained budgets.
â€œStable, long-term funding helps companies better plan and encourages them to invest in staffing, technology and facilities needed for the country to maintain its technical superiority,â€ Brown wrote. â€œNow is not the time to pull back the reins on defense spending.â€
Another measure is speeding up contract awards. He cited how shorter acquisition cycles could help suppliers accelerate technology delivery and â€œoffset the impact of the commercial aerospace downturnâ€ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brown called on DoD and industry to broaden the domestic supplier base, institutionalize process improvements and boost workforce investment by offering STEM education opportunities.
â€œThese are not quick fixes,â€ Brown said. â€œHowever, they provide a strong platform for a more resilient national defense supplier base, which is vital at a time when near-peer adversaries continue to invest heavily in new technologies that threaten our nationâ€™s security."