U.S. Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Mark Warner, D-Va., have introduced federal legislation designed to protect critical technologies from supply chain attacks by China and other foreign threat actors.
The bill, known as S. 2316 or the The Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act, would require U.S. intelligence officials to create a plan of action to defend the supply chain. If passed, it would also create a National Supply Chain Security Center and would make funding for supply chain protections available under the Defense Production Act.
Under the terms of the proposed law, the U.S. director of national intelligence, DOD and other relevant agencies would be tasked with submitting to Congress an official plan for strengthening supply chain intelligence. This plan would include recommendations for workforce models, governance structure within the intel community, and budget. The language for this section can also be found in the House of Representatives' recently introduced version of the Intelligence Authorization Act.
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