United States Air Force Computer-Aided Acquisition & Logistics Support (CALS): CAD/CAM/CAE Current and Future Environment (1988 - 1998). Version 3.0
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TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA
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The diffusion and adoption of new technologies across national, sectoral, and organizational boundaries has been a topic of considerable research. While the exact transfer mechanism remains a matter of hypothesis, it seem clear that the direction and speed of technology development and penetration is heavily impacted by environmental influences--be they organizational, macroeconomic, or microeconomic. This section of the report examines key aspects of the current and projected future environment which could influence either the direction or pace of CADCAMCAE technology development or the adoption of these technologies by the U.S. Air Force. Most of the discussion will center around issues relevant to the Air Force Logistics Command AFLC, except where noted. Structured in six sections, the report compares and contrasts the aerospace industry with the Air Force for perspective and balance. Sections 2.0 and 3.0 contrast the respective current design and manufacturing environments. Section 4.0 examines associated procurements, prototyping, and R and D programs that could have significant impacts on the evolutionary path followed by both sectors. Sections 5.0 and 6.0 extrapolate into the future by examining future weapon system technologies and the plans of industry and the Air Force to respond to the growing technological challenge.
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