Issue Briefs

Another Critical Supply Chain America Must Bring Home

Paul Steidler

May 27th, 2020.

In recent weeks, Americans have been aghast and disgusted to see the dangerous extent to which we rely on China for personal protective equipment so vital to healthcare workers. The United States electric system has also become increasingly dependent on foreign suppliers for essential items, including software components that can easily be attacked. A smooth functioning electric grid is essential to our way of life, as well as America’s health and safety.  As such, it is encouraging that a May 1 Executive Order begins the process to strengthen the bulk-power system by ensuring that critical components are made in the United States. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler has written an analysis for InsideSources about this topic here.

The views and opinions expressed in this issue brief are those of the author.

Paul Steidler is a Senior Fellow of the Lexington Institute, who researches, studies, and discusses energy and logistics issues. Steidler has 15 years’ experience in the research, analysis, and public commentary on energy generation and transmission issues. His work and views have appeared in such outlets as The New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, Investor’s Business Daily and numerous other news outlets. Mr. Steidler is a magna cum laude graduate from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science and Honors. He resides in Reston, Virginia.