Collaborative Opportunities in DMSMS
INDUSTRIAL BASE INFORMATION CENTER (IBIC) WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The North American Technology and Industrial Base Organization NATIBO is chartered to promote a cost-effective, healthy technology and industrial base that is responsive to the national security and economic progress of the United States and Canada. Current policy calls for national defense forces that derives their strength and technological superiority from a unified commercial and military industrial base. In August of 2000, the NATIBO Technology Base Enhancement Working Group initiated a six month study on Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages DMSMS. DMSMS is defined as the loss or possible loss of manufacturers or suppliers of items including shortages of raw materials. DMSMS is driven by both technology and market conditions. Technology turnover has been highest in electronics, but also includes materials, chemicals, and mechanical parts. This study concentrated upon electronics DMSMS problems and the business practices in place to manage them. Consumer, commercial, and industrial electronics now drive the electronics market. These new market forces are causing technology turnover every 12 - 24 months, at a time when military legacy system service lives are being extended to 40 years. DMSMS and obsolete parts are not a new phenomenon. What is new about DMSMS is the recent recognition of the enormity of the problem and its impact on operational readiness.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies