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Can Lean Manufacturing Change the Aerospace Defense Industry
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In times of decreasing orders, increasing overhead costs and fewer customers, lean manufacturing techniques may allow the aerospace defense industry to remain healthy and profitable while offering the united States an avenue to maintain a more viable national industrial base. The automobile industry has shown lean manufacturing techniques can substantially reduce costs, cut development time, and produce a better product than mass production. The American aerospace defense industry is now working to implement these new techniques through the F-22 Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program, and the Lean Aircraft Initiative. European defense companies are also implementing the principles of lean manufacturing with results well worth noting.
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