Pentagon boosting US industrial capacity amid virus outbreak

Washington (AFP) - The Pentagon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on masks, tests and pharmaceutical products as it seeks to revive an industrial sector lost over the years to China.To battle the coronavirus pandemic, the Defense Department has received one billion dollars under the Defense Production Act, which lets the federal government mobilize private industry to meet national security needs."The increased production will ensure the US government gets dedicated long term industrial capacity to help meet the needs of the nation," said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acq...


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