Report of the Defense Science Board 1980 Summer Study Panel on Industrial Responsiveness
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The objective of the study was to investigate the state of industrial responsiveness to support current acquisition needs. An added task involved an investigation into inflation factors in weapon systems this was more thoroughly addressed in a follow-on effort the findings of which validate conclusisons in the attached DSB report. The Task Forces principal findings is that since this area was last reviewed by a DSB panel Nov 1976 it has been given little effective attention by th DoD and Congress. Meanwhile, the ability of industry to respond to defense needs has deteriorated and costs continue to increase. Other findings are that the instability in programs has often made Defense business less attractive to industry than commercial work, and many disincentives exist which discourage the capital investments needed to reduce costs, improve productivity and enhance industrial responsiveness. This DSB effort became the subject of testimony before the House Armed Services Committee HASC and led to the formation of a special Defense Industrial Base Panel chaired by Congressman Ichord. The HASC report is entitled The Ailing Defense Industrial Base Unready for Crisis.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies