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Author Arena, Mark V., author.

Title Implications of an Air Force budget downturn on the aircraft industrial base : an exploratory analysis / Mark Arena, John C. Graser, Paul DeLuca.

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xv, 41 pages) : color illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Notes "RAND Project Air Force."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-41).
Contents Introduction -- How is the current situation different from the downturn in the mid-1980s? -- What can we learn from prior industrial base assessments to inform decisions for the future? -- What are the investment options for aircraft acquisition? how might they affect the industrial base? -- Options and potential issues.
Summary The U.S. Air Force is facing a number of challenges as a result of the current defense budget downturn along with the uncertainty of its timing and magnitude. RAND examined the challenge of modernizing the Air Force's aircraft fleet while trying to sustain the industrial base with limited funding. Complicating this challenge is that the pattern of Air Force spending has shifted dramatically away from new aircraft procurement, and a competitor with significant technical and economic capability has emerged. There is a need for careful strategic management of investment choices--and this goes beyond just aircraft. The Air Force will first need to define its capability priorities that fit within budget constraints, then use those priorities to shape a budget strategy. RAND considered six budget strategies for aircraft procurement: from a new high-tech fleet to sustaining and modifying the existing one. Each strategy under a constrained spending future results in challenges and issues for the industrial base. The Air Force will need to help mitigate industrial base problems that result from their chosen budget strategy--but some issues may be beyond their control. There are lessons from foreign acquisitions that the Air Force can leverage to avoid pitfalls. Most importantly, shortfalls in both industry and government skill bases can cause significant problems later during execution. Finding ways to sustain key skills during a spending downturn will be important for the future and potentially produce longer-term savings.
Language notes English.
Other author Graser, John C., author.
DeLuca, Paul, author.
Project Air Force (U.S.). Resource Management Program.
Rand Corporation, publisher.
United States. Air Force.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject United States. Air Force -- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States. Air Force -- Management.
United States. Air Force -- Procurement.
Airplanes, Military -- United States -- Costs.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780833083739 (electronic bk.)
0833083732 (electronic bk.)