Peo Life Cycle Cost Accountability: Viability Of Foreign Suppliers For Weapon System Development
Air War College Maxwell Air Force Base
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In recent history, the United States of America has developed vulnerabilities to our national security by becoming more reliant on foreign suppliers for acquisition and development of Air Force weapon systems. These vulnerabilities are due to growing reliance on foreign suppliers for raw materials to include various elements, metals, industrial minerals and agricultural products needed to supply the industrial base that provides products to meet military and civilian needs. These raw materials are not found or produced in sufficient quantities in the United States to meet our national security needs. The U.S. also is faced with vulnerabilities in reliance on foreign producers and manufactures due to lack of indigenous production capabilities in country. Defense production and manufacturing companies will not develop and produce items at a loss. Over the years pricing, mergers and consolidations within our industrial base have contributed to the issues and vulnerabilities associated with our reliance on foreign suppliers and producers. This paper exposes areas of dependence and vulnerabilities associated with the United States dependence on foreign suppliers for raw materials and production items for U.S. Weapon systems. This paper uses a qualitative approach to identify vulnerabilities and mitigate or find solutions associated with our dependence on these suppliers.
- Defense Systems
- Administration and Management