In safeguarding U.S. interests, the Defense Department must maintain its technological predominance and globally competitive national industrial base that can support the Nation's future defense needs. The Department's processes and policies must facilitate the rapid purchase of state of the art products and technology while supporting the transformation of defense-unique companies to dual-use production while preserving defense-unique core capabilities. As the Army begins to maximize information technologies and as advancement of military and civilian precision systems accelerates, strategic logistics will represent a subset of U.S. national power. Defense-unique companies and military depots now provide the majority of our strategic defense needs. In the future, commercial firms will provide the vast majority of military logistic requirements, with a much smaller portion provided by defense-unique companies and military depots. Commercial firms will become 'linked at the hip' to the military at installations, during training exercises, and even in the heat of military conflict.