The United States' national security is threatened by our military's growing and dangerous reliance on foreign nations for the raw materials, parts, and finished products needed to defend the American people. The health of our manufacturing sector is inextricably intertwined with our national security, and it is vital that we strengthen the sector.
This report--prepared by Guardian Six Consulting LLC for the Alliance for American Manufacturing--recommends 10 actions to make America less dependent on foreign nations for the vital products that enable America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines to be the most powerful and effective fighting force in the world.
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Brigadier General John Adams, U.S. Army (Retired), is President of Guardian Six Consulting LLC. General Adams served his final military assignment as Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 2007.
On September 11, 2001, General Adams was stationed at the Pentagon as Deputy Director for European Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). He participated in immediate disaster recovery operations at ground zero and coordinated international support for the U.S. diplomatic and military response.
He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1991) and Operation Guardian Assistance in Rwanda (1996). During more than 30 years of service in command and staff assignments, he spent nearly 18 years in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, including assignments with U.S. Embassies in Belgium (1994-1997), Rwanda (1996), Croatia (1998-2001), and South Korea (2002-2003). As an Army Aviator, General Adams has more than 700 hours as pilot-in-command in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
General Adams military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Aviator Badge, Parachute Badge, and Ranger Tab. He is a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association s Knowlton Award and the Director of Central Intelligence s Exceptional Collector National HUMINT Award for excellence in gathering human intelligence.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, General Adams is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Arizona and holds Masters Degrees in International Relations (Boston University), English (University of Massachusetts), and Strategic Studies (US Army War College).
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