Accession Number : ADA266286


Title :   Integrating Defense into the Civilian Technology and Industrial Base


Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA


Personal Author(s) : Kanter, Herschel ; Van Atta, Richard H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266286.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 87


Abstract : IDA conducted research for the Defense Conversion Commission on the implications of conversion for the technology and industrial base necessary for DoD to carry out its mission of reconstituting or building back its forces in a period of six to eight years. In the post-Cold War security environment, this must be done with reduced defense budgets under circumstances in which DoD technology no longer dominates commercial technology and U.S. technology is no longer dominant. The main thesis of this study is that these circumstances require that DoD transform its approach to development and acquisition to substantially increase the use of commercial firms and commercial technologies. Obstacles to this are (1) regulatory requirements and (2) R&D practices. Federal and DoD regulatory requirements create barriers to entry from outside and prevent DoD from making the best use of commercial products and technologies. Technology development has focused on military performance with little connection to production in relationship to commercial industry. The authors propose two thrusts: (1) eliminate unnecessary regulations and product requirements, and then tailor the remainder of the regulations to minimize the burden; and (2) refocus defense research and technology both to make better use of commercial technology directly, and to make it easier and more economical to use commercial products and processes.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY MODERNIZATION , *DEFENSE PLANNING , MILITARY OPERATIONS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , MILITARY STRATEGY , ECONOMIC ANALYSIS , INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION , INDUSTRIAL MOBILIZATION , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , MILITARY BUDGETS , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS


Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE