Following Casey Legislative Effort, Military Vows to Buy American Steel for Armor

Casey Pushed DoD to Ensure Steel Melted and Finished in U.S., Not Foreign Countries Like China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the introduction of legislation by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has moved to ensure that 100 percent of the armor plate steel purchased by the U.S. military for is made in America.

The move by DoD comes after Senator Casey voiced strong concerns that ‘Made in America’ requirements for steel were too loose, allowing steel purchased by the military to be primarily manufactured in foreign countries. DoD will now purchase steel for armor plates that is melted and finished in America.

“This move will ensure that any time the Department of Defense buys armor plate steel, it will be stamped ‘Made in America,’ ” said Senator Casey. “Standing up for Pennsylvania’s steel industry is vital for jobs and the economic security of the state, and this move will ensure our workers have an opportunity to produce steel for our armed forces.”

In addition to introducing legislation, Senator Casey pushed for this action in a bipartisan letter to DoD last September. That letter can be viewed here.