“The United States needs robust, diverse and secure supply chains to ensure our economic prosperity and national security,” writes US President Joe Biden in his most recent decree. In it he ordered studies on risks to security of supply. He identified four areas as particularly urgent: computer chips, rare earths, medicines and their ingredients, and advanced batteries such as those used in electric cars, among other things.
In addition, the long-term situation is to be examined in six economic areas: arms industry, medical article production, production of information and communication technology (ICT), equipment for the energy sector, things for the transport sector, as well as the supply of means of production for the agricultural and food sector .
Biden wishes the results should be available in a hundred days – but any defects discovered should be addressed immediately. “We will not wait for the complete result before we start to fill in the gaps,” said Biden in a short speech at the signing of his Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains.