Recommendations Based on Vital Signs 2021
By Wesley Hallman, Nick Jones and Kea Matory
In February, the National Defense Industrial Association released Vital Signs 2021: The Health and Readiness of the Defense Industrial Base — an annual measure of the defense industry’s health through eight conditions describing the business environment defense firms coped with over the preceding year.
Like the four traditional vital sign conditions physicians use to assess the status of life-sustaining functions — temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and blood pressure — we believe these eight conditions are essential to a well-functioning defense industrial base: demand, production inputs, innovation, supply chain, competition, industrial security, political and regulatory environment, and productive capacity and surge readiness.
Unlike the traditional medical vital signs measured in real time, the conditions and overall grade are measured using data gathered over the previous year. Still, they reflect the state of the defense industrial base as the COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020. https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/4/29/recommendations-based-on-vital-signs-2021