preparedness isn't sexy, isn't cheap, and doesn't produce visible results. americans won't vote for it.
it's hard to run on the basis of a theoretical n lives NOT lost. it requires a more thoughtful electorate than we have.

and i agree with you, grg, that the tendency will be to revert to established supply chains instead of investing in more expensive ones. the only way the latter will happen is if there are laws passed with national security justifications, requiring certain products to be produced domestically or in a handful of "reliable" partner countries. this is the case with defense goods already, no?