Meeting U.S. Defense Needs in Space: Effects of a Shrinking Defense Industrial Base on the Satellite Industry
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT
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U.S. defense industrial base DIB deterioration and increased DOD interest in space exploitation highlights the U.S. satellite industry as one DIB sector requiring analysis. Despite DIB problems, this industry must maintain the capability to produce advanced satellites for the DOD. Commercial Military Integration CMI will, according to experts, eliminate problems inherent with a separate DIB. This research focused on investigating satellite industry capability to meet DOD space requirements. Through literature review, case study analysis and interviews, effects of a shrinking DIB on the satellite industry were determined. A model for DIB strength was developed and analyzed through literature review. General Electric Aircraft Engines GEAE case study showed the potential for commercializing the DIB. Research focused on satellite industry executives whose perspectives illustrated industry capability to meet defense space needs. Results indicated continued DIB deterioration unless Government and defense industry leaders intervene. GEAE sales performance demonstrated how commercializing the DIB can provide stability. Interviews confirmed the satellite industrys ability to meet defense needs, yet space architecture and launch vehicle issues must be addressed. Through flexible manufacturing, dual use and smaller, smart satellitessatellite services, this industry can produce high quality, inexpensive satellites for defensecommercial markets faster, providing additional surgemobilization capability.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies