Buy-American vs safety

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  1. Colin1

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    Well, the basic premise of the law is to ensure that the US during times of war would have access to the required material. In this case, if the US went to war against Austria then the ability to purchase the yarn/fabric would be lost.

    This perhaps is a little bit more on the unique side in which it's currently not possible to manufacturer it here.

    Interesting problem.
     
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    You're right VB. After reading it before your post I thought the premise behind the law was soley based on economics, but your explanation makes a lot more sense. IF it WAS purely economic, the armor itself is still made within the US, so I don't see how it would affect jobs that much.
     
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    To be honest its a no brainer The material is the best, has been the best and provides the soldiers with the best protection. Buy it.

    When people put arguments like this before the safety of the guys in the front line, its time to lose them
     
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    There's actually a US law where if your procuring material for the US military you must "buy American." With that said, there is a waiver process where in a case like this, excpetion can be made.
     
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    I believe it was Switzerland who refused to sell the US some critical cruise missle parts at the outset of the second gulf war.
    A perfect example of why having to build it here is necessary, IMO.
    What we build may not necessarily be the best but it is better than nothing at all if there is a refusal to sell us the needed product/s.

    A link to a video during a session of Congress in 2004.
    House Session 180902-2 : C-SPAN Video Library | Created by Cable. Offered as a Public Service.
    The article if the video doesn't work.
    View Appearance | C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle, Created by Cable. Offered as a Public Service.

    An excerpt from an article written in 2002 before the second gulf war.
    Buy America` Provisions Are Critical to U.S. Defense

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    Another precedent was when the US government adopted the Beretta 92F in lieu of the venerable 1911 Colt. One of the conditions of the contract was that the vendor had to be able to make the pistol here in the US. IIRC, such fine handguns as the Sig, H&K, and others were disqualified because they couldn't produce here.

    VB is absolutely right on this one.
     
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