Friday, August 19, 2016
Ash Carter: The Berry Amendment
According to the Berry Amendment , the military can only buy athletic footwear made completely in the United States. New Balance bought machinery to create midsoles and the manufacture of some of their shoes is made domestically so currently New Balance is the only US company to make shoes that meet Defense Department requirements.
Defense Secretary , Ash Carter believes giving priority to a particular company is unfair. Further he claims research by the U.S. Army Institute of Public Health has found “a strong correlation between a wide variety of athletic shoes available to ensure individual fit and comfort and the reduction in lower-extremity injury rates.” These models are not currently available from New Balance and hence military personal may suffer unnecessary discomfort. Carter wants to change the bill to allow others US companies to complete.