Robert Johnson on: The Future of U.S. Military Ground Vehicles: Navigating in an Austere Procurement Environment

09/21/2009
[caption id="attachment_627" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Robert Johnson"][/caption] The shape of tactical vehicle modernization impacts on other services and on other procurement choices. We discuss elsewhere the C5M modernization effort: determining what vehicles the lift fleet will carry is an important driver in debates about what to modernize and what to buy…

Manufacturing for Sustainability: The F-35 Case

09/17/2009
9/17/09 A key argument for buying newer platforms compared to older ones is the savings built into a new platform over the operational and logistics costs of the older platform. In the commercial airplane business, both Boeing and Airbus design and build their newest platforms with significant enhancements in sustainability…

Manufacturing for Enhanced Reliability: Rugged Boxes

09/04/2009
[caption id="attachment_545" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="RAPC Protector"][/caption] As budgets get tighter and competition among vendors accelerates, both government and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers are looking and will continue to look for additional value from the shrinking dollars available. One way to "squeeze" more from a limited budget is to manufacture…

The F-35 Manufacturing Approach

08/12/2009
Much lost in the U.S. scurrying for dollars in dealing with "overseas contingency operations" and paying for the Obama "stimulus package" and "health care reform" is the significant question of the role of manufacturing in the evolution of the U.S. economy and its global competitiveness. Notably when President Obama delivered…