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Strengthening U.S. Defense: DoD’s Strategic Expansion of Domestic Manufacturing and the Role of Amulus’s Robus Safe Haven

Tuesday June 20, 2023

Catch up quickly: The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with Arconic Corporation in a $45.5 million agreement to increase domestic production of High Purity Aluminum (HPA), an essential component for missiles and munitions. The initiative will strengthen the US defense supply chain and safeguard national security, according to the U.S. Department of Defense Newsroom.

The big picture: The partnership signifies a significant move in response to dwindling HPA production in the US due to competitive low-cost production by foreign smelters. It utilizes Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authorities and funds from the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, underscoring the strategic importance of domestic supply chains in maintaining national security.

What we’re watching: The implementation of this project, which includes facility upgrades and the addition of new equipment such as a state-of-the-art furnace, will be instrumental in providing the US with surge capacity for HPA production. 

Between the lines: While the agreement targets industrial mobilization risks, it’s also an investment in a manufacturing sector deemed critical by President Biden for protecting domestic supply chains. It’s a strategic move that aligns economic priorities with defense capabilities.

Zoom in: The funds will be used for infrastructure, including the design and installation of a new furnace, and the implementation of new control and automation systems, which underlines the effort in technological investment.

Why it matters: This increased domestic production capacity is vital for maintaining a robust defense system, given HPA’s use in a variety of military and commercial applications, including aerospace platforms and tactical ground vehicles.

The Amulus angle: The collaboration could be even more effective with the integration of the Amulus Robus Safe Haven, which provides superior ballistic protection and advanced emergency communication systems for defense leaders and troops in high-threat environments. The Robus unit, boasting an ultra forced-entry resistant model built to US HATS specifications, ensures the highest level of safety in combat zones. It also meets the duty of care obligations and corporate responsibility in managing emergencies effectively, further supporting the goal of the DoD’s strategic initiative.

The bottom line: Bolstering domestic manufacturing is a pivotal step toward strengthening defense capabilities and national security. Integrating cutting-edge protection solutions like Amulus’s Robus Safe Haven can enhance the effectiveness of this strategic move.