Beyond the ‘Buy America’ Debate: Sustaining America’s Industrial and Technological Edge amid the Challenges of Globalization

ABSTRACT  This paper proposes ways for the U.S. government to secure a long term advantage in access to industrial and technological capabilities important to national security. The author explores the challenges that economic globalization is imposing on the long term viability of U.S access to critical industrial and technological capabilities. Starting with an analysis of the core globalization issues as they relate to the Berry Amendment restricting DOD procurement sources for certain items, the paper puts forth a framework for bureaucratic reforms. Specific reform recommendations aimed at improving bureaucratic organizations, processes, and practices related to DOD procurement policies conclude the paper.