10 U.S. Code § 4816 - National technology and industrial base: periodic defense capability assessments

(a) Periodic Assessment.—
Each fiscal year, the Secretary of Defense shall prepare selected assessments of the capability of the national technology and industrial base to attain the national security objectives set forth in section 4811(a) of this title. The Secretary of Defense shall prepare such assessments in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Energy.
(b) Assessment Process.—The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that technology and industrial capability assessments—
(1)
describe sectors or capabilities, their underlying infrastructure and processes;
(2)
analyze present and projected financial performance of industries supporting the sectors or capabilities in the assessment;
(3)
determine the extent to which the requirements associated with defense acquisition programs can be satisfied by the present and projected performance capacities of industries supporting the sectors or capabilities in the assessment, evaluate the reasons for any variance from applicable preceding determinations, and identify the extent to which those industries are comprised of only one potential source in the national technology and industrial base or have multiple potential sources;
(4)
determine the extent to which the requirements associated with defense acquisition programs can be satisfied by the present and projected performance capacities of industries that do not actively support Department of Defense acquisition programs and identify the barriers to the participation of those industries;
(5)
identify technological and industrial capabilities and processes for which there is potential for the national industrial and technology base not to be able to support the achievement of national security objectives; and
(6)
consider the effects of the termination of major defense acquisition programs (as the term is defined in section 2430[1] of this title) or major automated information system programs (as defined in section 2445a[1] of this title) in the previous fiscal year on the sectors and capabilities in the assessment.
(c) Assessment of Extent of Dependency on Foreign Source Items.—Each assessment under subsection (a) shall include a separate discussion and presentation regarding the extent to which the national technology and industrial base is dependent on items for which the source of supply, manufacture, or technology is outside of the United States and Canada and for which there is no immediately available source in the United States or Canada. The discussion and presentation regarding foreign dependency shall—
(1)
identify cases that pose an unacceptable risk of foreign dependency, as determined by the Secretary; and
(2)
present actions being taken or proposed to be taken to remedy the risk posed by the cases identified under paragraph (1), including efforts to develop a domestic source for the item in question.
(d) Assessment of Extent of Effects of Foreign Boycotts.—Each assessment under subsection (a) shall include an examination of the extent to which the national technology and industrial base is affected by foreign boycotts. If it is determined that a foreign boycott (other than a boycott addressed in a previous assessment) is subjecting the national technology and industrial base to significant harm, the assessment shall include a separate discussion and presentation regarding that foreign boycott that shall, at a minimum—
(1)
identify the sectors that are subject to such harm;
(2)
describe the harm resulting from such boycott; and
(3)
identify actions necessary to minimize the effects of such boycott on the national technology and industrial base.
(e) Integrated Process.—
The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that consideration of the technology and industrial base assessments is integrated into the overall budget, acquisition, and logistics support decision processes of the Department of Defense.


[1]  See References in Text note below.
References in Text

Section 2430 of this title, referred to in subsec. (b)(6), was transferred to sections 4201, 4202, and 4204 of this title by Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title XVIII, § 1846(c)(1), (d)(1), (f)(1), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4248–4250. Section 4201 of this title defines “major defense acquisition program”.

Section 2445a of this title, referred to in subsec. (b)(6), was repealed by Pub. L. 114–328, div. A, title VIII, § 846(1), Dec. 23, 2016, 130 Stat. 2292, effective Sept. 30, 2017.

Amendments

2021—Pub. L. 116–283, § 1867(b), renumbered section 2505 of this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 116–283, § 1867(d)(4), substituted “section 4811(a)” for “section 2501(a)”.

Subsec. (b)(6). Pub. L. 116–283, § 1883(b)(2), which directed that each reference in the text of title 10 to a section that was redesignated by title XVIII of Pub. L. 116–283, as such section was in effect before the redesignation, be amended by striking such reference and inserting a reference to the appropriate redesignated section, was not executed with respect to “section 2430”, which was redesignated as multiple sections.

Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.

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