WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2023 – SMI is pleased to welcome as a new Associate Tasden Ingram, who has most recently been assisting the Department of Defense to identify industrial base shortfalls and will help our clients fulfill urgent needs to strengthen the supply chains for critical minerals, hypersonic weapons, and more.

“Tas brings to SMI unique skills and experience to help clients leverage the Pentagon’s growing investments in strengthening our domestic capacity to make armaments and building more robust supply chains to meet urgent military needs and the longer-term challenge of deterring other great powers,” said SMI CEO Bill McCann.  “He is already taking our work advancing defense technology and manufacturing to a new level.”

Tas worked at defense and aerospace consulting firm ANSER, where he advised the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment’s Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) office, which was established to make targeted investments in major and sub tier suppliers to mitigate supply chain risks.

Tas also managed day-to-day operations of the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program, which is focusing investments in the submarine and shipbuilding workforce; kinetic weapons; microelectronics; critical chemicals; castings and forgings; and energy storage and batteries.

He holds a B.A. of International & Area Studies and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

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