INDUSTRIAL BASE COALITION (IBC)
Throughout history, the U.S. Navy has protected our Nation’s interests and ensured global stability. The industrial base, with its unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and timely production has been the driving force behind the dominance of the America’s Navy.
Without the presence of the industrial base, the Navy would face severe limitations in its ability to project power, protect our national interests, and maintain its historical position of naval superiority.
A New Home for Navy History
The new National Museum of the US Navy will be a state-of-the-art facility devoted to telling the storied history of the Navy’s past, present, and future. The Museum will become a tangible tribute to the traditions of service and sacrifice exemplified by Navy sailors for nearly 250 years. The Museum will also tell the story of the companies “behind the sail.” The industrial base has served as a backbone providing the navy with cutting-edge vessels, systems, and technologies
IT IS VITAL THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG AND VIABLE NAVAL FORCE. AS A MARITIME NATION, OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT.
— Amb. Kenneth J. Braithwaite 77th Secretary of the Navy RDML USN (Ret.)
NAVAL POWER PROJECTION & THE INDUSTRIAL BASE
Throughout history, the US Navy has protected our Nation’s interests and ensured global stability. The industrial base, with its unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and timely production has been the driving force behind the dominance of the US Navy.
Aircraft Carrier Industry:
1922 The USS Langley became the Navy’s first aircraft carrier when commissioned in March 1922. She was converted from the USS Jupiter — the first surface ship propelled by electric motors when it was commissioned in April 1913.
1940S Frank Massa, the “father of modern sonar transducer,” developed the first hydrophones to detect and prevent torpedoes from German wolfpacks from decimating US ships. This was the start of thousands of new designs by Massa during WWII.
Amphibious Warship Industry:
1987 The Landing Craft, Air Cushion hovercraft first deployed aboard the USS Germantown. It transports weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel from ship to shore and across the beach.
2020 The four Rolls-Royce MT7 gas turbines used to power each Ship-to-Shore Connector are modeled after the Rolls-Royce T406 used in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. Top speed is 58 mph. The SSC will have the added capability to launch vehicles into the water.
Expeditionary Force Industry:
1972 The first SEAL delivery vehicle (SDV) deployed was the Mark VII. It carred three SEALs plus a pilot. It had a hull made from fiberglass and non-ferrous metals to hinder detection and was powered by a silver-zinc battery attached to an electric motor.
Naval Aerospace Industry:
YOU’VE MADE YOUR MARK IN HISTORY . . .
Without the presence of the industrial base, the Navy would face severe limitations in its ability to project power,
protect our national interests, and maintain its historical position of naval superiority.
YOUR STORY MUST BE TOLD
Your support of the new National Museum of the United States Navy will play a pivotal role in preserving the story of the industrial base — your story — and its profound significance to the US Navy and to our Nation.
Your donation will enable the Museum to showcase the remarkable contributions made by your industry. Through engaging exhibits, interactive displays, and immersive experiences, this Museum will enlighten visitors about the vital role played by the industrial base in maintaining the US Navy’s operational readiness and safeguarding our Nation’s security.
Moreover, your support will leave a lasting legacy as this Museum will inspire and educate the next generation sailor, engineer, leader… Instilling in them a deep appreciation for the dedication and innovation of the companies that form the backbone of the US Navy’s capabilities.
Together, we will unveil the untold stories of the industrial base companies, and citizens, “behind the sail,” honoring your contribution to our rich maritime heritage and national defense. Your investment, will create a lasting legacy that will resonate for decades to come.
GLOBAL FORCE CIRCLE
Commensurate with gift level and with prior approval of the United States Secretary of the Navy, mutually beneficial benefits yet to be determined may include opportunities such as:
- Donor Recognition
- “Digital” and “Physical” Storytelling
- Use of Foundation Conference Space
- Invitation to Foundation VIP Events including the Annual Gala & more
Kenneth J. Braithwaite
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Albert H. Konetzni
Dr. Jerry Hendrix, Ph.D