Congressional Briefing - March 28, 2014

Do Joint Fighter Programs Save Money?

An F-111C of the Royal Australian Air Force in 2006

An F-111C of the Royal Australian Air Force in 2006


Friday, March 28, 2014


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.
*Limited number of lunches will be available*


About the Program

In planning for future fighter aircraft the Department of Defense should avoid a joint acquisition approach. The prevailing thinking has been that building a single fighter plane for use by two or three service branches would be less expensive in the long run. In other words, it is widely believed that savings can be achieved in Life Cycle Cost (LCC) through economies of scale and elimination of duplication of effort in R&D, production, and operations and support. But what does the data show?

Please join us on March 28th for a lunch briefing to hear RAND's Mark Lorell discuss the recently released report, Do Joint Fighter Programs Save Money? Mark will discuss the report which found that historically, the need to accommodate different service requirements into a single design or common design family can lead to increased program complexity and cost growth that may cancel out the theoretical costs savings gained from a joint approach.

About the Speaker

Mark Lorell is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. For over 30 years he has been researching and writing on weapon system acquisition policies, defense industrial base issues, international weapon system collaboration, defense trade, and weapons procurement and industrial base policies of allies.

About RAND

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most, such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND operates independent of political and commercial pressures. We serve the public interest by helping lawmakers reach informed decisions on the nation's pressing challenges.

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