Findings from Existing Data on the Department of Defense Industrial Base
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Members of Congress and other policymakers have been seeking ways to ensure or monitor the health and effective management of the defense supplier base. In response, the Department of Defense DoD launched a Sector-by-Sector, Tier-by-Tier assessment to better understand and quantify the defense industrial base. One part of this initiative includes extensive surveys of about 5,000 companies that provide defense goods and services. Given the time and expense of such surveys, as well as diminishing budgets, DoD could benefit from faster and cheaper ways to learn about the industrial base from existing data, which are more comprehensive than that in a survey sample and are continually collected to enable tracking of trends. This report explores how DoD can gain information on its industrial base by combining data that the federal government already collects. It demonstrates through sample analyses that such data could answer questions that policymakers may have on DoD-wide suppliers, contractors, industries, weapon systems, and supply-chain risks.
- Information Science
- Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies