Accession Number : ADA425296


Title :   2003 Industry Studies: Shipbuilding


Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Mathea, Tomasz ; Bazemore, Debbie ; Iptes, Mustafa ; Martinot-Lagarde, Vincent ; Ahern, Don


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a425296.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 26


Abstract : The United States Shipbuilding Industry is a dichotomy. The US builds the world s most technologically advanced warships but remains non-competitive in the large commercial vessel international market. High labor and material costs and low productivity have essentially erased the global market share for large US-built commercial ships. On the other hand, cheap labor and materials, smart business practices, and heavy government investment have led to substantial market shares for the Asian rim. Fortunately, the lack of a viable commercial market doesn't negatively impact US national security, but keeping the industry afloat does affect the nation's economy.


Descriptors :   *SHIPBUILDING , *MARITIME INDUSTRY , UNITED STATES , NATIONAL SECURITY , HIGH COSTS , PRODUCTIVITY , MERCHANT VESSELS , NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , CAPITAL INVESTMENTS


Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Military Intelligence


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE