Going Global? U.S. Government Policy and the Defense Aerospace Industry
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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In fiscal year 2001, the U.S. Air Force tasked RAND with providing an analysis to help it respond to the potential new opportunities and problems arising from an increasingly globalized and consolidated aerospace industrial base. Between 1990 and 1998, a horizontal and vertical integration took place across all segments of the U.S. aerospace industry. The number of credible U.S. prime contractors for integrating fighters and bombers fell from seven to two the number of U.S. missile manufacturers from fourteen to four and the number of space launch vehicle producers from six to two. By the end of the 1990s, the European defense aerospace industry had also begun to experience a dramatic cross-border consolidation and restructuring. This growing consolidation of defense prime integrators and subsystem suppliers has resulted in increased numbers of strategic and product-specific alliances, international teaming and joint ventures, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions MAs among defense firms, together with heightened interest in foreign exports and foreign lower-tier suppliers.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Defense Systems