Cheaper, Faster, Better? Commercial Approaches to Weapons Acquisition
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report discusses the issues surrounding more effective utilization of the civilian industrial base by the Department of Defense DoD and the U.S. Air Force. The first section of the report focuses on the dual-use nature of civilian and military technologies, and the potential for integrating the civilian and military industrial bases. The technology area studied, radar-related and other radio-frequency microwave devices, has traditionally been defense-specific. The second section of the report identifies mechanisms for minimizing the risks of inadequate product performance and excessively high cost in less-regulated commercial market environments. It discusses how well these mechanisms have worked in a defense-relevant commercial sector-the large transport aircraft industry-as well as in several experimental and pilot programs initiated by the Air Force and other defense agencies and services. Most of the information and data for the material in this report were acquired through interviews with government and program managers and officials, and with industry officials. In addition to case studies and a wide array of published materials and other sources, the authors draw on a larger body of RAND research on the future of the defense industrial base.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment