Accession Number:

ADA510365

Title:

New Patterns of Collaboration and Rivalry in the US and European Defense and Aerospace Industries

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. 1 Oct 2007-30 Sep 2008

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Report Date:

2009-08-19

Pagination or Media Count:

101.0

Abstract:

This report continues our efforts to provide useful insights and a partial framework for understanding ongoing developments in the international defense marketplace. Among other things, defense industrial affairs are becoming increasingly global and increasingly complex. In this discussion, we focus more on defense firms -- considering the organization of Boeing 787 development and production, the KC-45 aerial tanker competition, and European defense firms direct investment in the U.S. defense market. In the 787 case, we observe that even experienced companies such as Boeing can run afoul of the complexities of coordinating a multiform venture. The KC-45, at least so far, seems to illustrate a new weakness of defense establishments relative to their suppliers. It is reasonable to suppose the two rival bidders NG-EADS and Boeing will continue to have veto powers over source selection -- absent some fresh thinking. European defense firms BAE, EADS, and Finmeccanica entry into the U.S. defense market through various direct investment strategies results from an increasingly globalized defense market. More importantly, perhaps, it demonstrates their ability to work around obstacles posed by U.S. legislative and regulatory barriers. One major theme is that the increased complexity of agile suppliers methods and relationships poses significant problems for their bureaucratic customers.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE