Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Awardee, said aircraft manufacturers and other U.S. defense contractors depend on parts suppliers in Mexico and DoD will call for the country to reopen such facilities that have shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Defense One reported Monday.
“I think one of the key things we have found out are some international dependencies,” she said Monday during a press conference at the Pentagon. “Mexico right now is somewhat problematical for us but we’re working through our embassy, and then there are pockets in India, as well.”
Lord said she spoke last week to Christopher Landau, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, about the supply issues and would write to Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign secretary, “to ask for help to reopen international suppliers” in the country.
“We are seeing impacts on the industrial base by several pockets of closure internationally,” she added.
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