U.S. Defense Legislation Reflects IPC Input on Military Electronics
IPC reports that it was successful in persuading members of Congress not to adopt a House provision that would have repealed the statutory requirement for the executive agent.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries® recently applauded leaders in the U.S. House and Senate for finalizing the 2019 fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and including a provision on military electronics backed by IPC. Reflecting IPC’s collaboration with Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Section 845 of the bill calls on the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the executive agent for Printed Circuit Board and Interconnect Technology (based at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind.) and the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to prepare a report to Congress by January 2019 on the health of the U.S. defense electronics industrial base. The report will include an examination of the department’s partnerships with industry and a plan to formalize the long-term resourcing of the executive agent.
IPC reports that it was successful in persuading members of Congress not to adopt a House provision that would have repealed the statutory requirement for the executive agent. The executive agent is the principal Defense Department entity charged with assuring the security and availability of printed circuit and interconnect technologies for defense electronics.
“This decision is a positive step for the electronics industry,” said John Mitchell, IPC’s president and CEO. “Advanced electronics are at the heart of many critical defense systems, and it is our industry’s goal to ensure a resilient global electronics supply chains. We applaud Congress for taking this step, which will bring welcome attention and support to electronics manufacturers.”
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