NDIA Senior Fellow Brett Lambert testifies on need for military superiority

Brett Lambert, a senior fellow with the National Defense Industrial Association, testified on Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee on the critical need to ensure U.S. warfighters are technologically superior.

Lambert, who previously served as the principal advisor to the U.S. under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the U.S. cannot let its bureaucratic process become its own worst enemy. He told the committee that Congress needs to give U.S. warfighters what they need when they need it.

"We must foster and leverage an industrial base that keeps our troops from ever entering a fair fight," Lambert said. "Our warfighters should never advance on an enemy only to find them better equipped due to less burdensome regulations or more reasonable audit policies. And make no mistake; while we focus on providing our forces with increasingly detailed and thorough audits, our adversaries gain ground on us technologically.

Lambert said if his own daughter was in harm's way, he would have less concern with audits and more concern with the quality and superiority of her equipment.

"We cannot let our bureaucratic processes become our own most dangerous enemy," Lambert said. "The Defense Acquisition System must get our warfighters what they need, when they need it, and it must be the absolute best the world has to offer."

Lambert was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base between 2009 and 2013. He led an effort by President Obama to establish the first National Network for Manufacturing Innovation site.