General Hawley on: Why Weapons Systems Cost So Much – the 101 Version (Part Two)

01/05/2010
By Richard E. Hawley, General (Ret), USAF General Hawley served as the Commander, Air Combat Command and Commander US Air Forces in Europe.  Additionally he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. *** PART TWO This is not an easy question to answer.  There are three…

A new Civil War Is Brewing Over Aircraft Production

12/21/2009
By George Talbot, Political Editor for the Mobile Press Register The economic battle for jobs and capital investment pits the Pacific Northwest against a rising challenger in the Southeast. The regional fight is fiercest over the U.S. Air Force tanker contract, a potential 179-plane order that could deliver thousands of aircraft assembly jobs either to Mobile, Alabama, or Everett,…

General Dunn on: Why weapons cost so much? (Part One)

12/20/2009
[caption id="attachment_3066" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Steve Geary, Performance-Based Logistics: Buying Performance, Not Parts, The University of Tennessee, College of Business Administration, Supply Chain World Conference and Exposition, March 28, 2006 "][/caption] In this week’s contributions to understanding the challenge of providing capability to the warfighter, we have two assessments of the…

A European Perspective on the Military Aerospace Industrial Base

12/14/2009
In June 2009, the Aircraft Sectoral Group (ASG) within the AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD) issued a thought piece on the future of European Air Power Systems entitled "European Future Air Power Systems in the 2035 Perspective". The ASG represents Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, Dassault-Aviation, EADS Military…

An American Perspective on the Defense Aerospace Industrial Base

12/14/2009
In a recent study published by the Mitchell Institute for Airpower studies, Rebecca Grant examines the challenges facing the future of the defense aerospace industrial base. Grant underscores the challenge of maintaining a viable defense aerospace industrial base over the next decades in the presence largely of simply one major…

Michael W. Wynne On How to Lead With Shrinking Manufacturing Capabilities?

12/13/2009
Michael W. Wynne The Defense Industrial Base Under Pressure: How to Lead With Shrinking Manufacturing Capabilities? Schumpeter, in his classic approach to creative economic destruction, watched consolidation in technologies and industries driven by natural forces until a secondary or new technology essentially destroyed the hold of one and created another…

The Coast Guard’s Response Boat Medium Replacement (RB-M) Program

12/07/2009
This is the first of regular contributions by Rear Admiral (Retired) Ed Gilbert, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts on maritime security, who is president of Gilbert Associates and a frequent commentator on the challenges facing the US Coast Guard today. The pressing need to modernize U.S. Coast…

Vertical Lift Industry:Shaping a Way Ahead on R&D

11/16/2009
The Administration Proposes a New Model for the Vertical Lift Industry: Shaping a Way Ahead on Research and Development On October 27, 2009, a vertical lift aviation industry day was held by DOD to try to set in motion a new approach to the industry . The approach was legitimized…