RAND Briefs Congressional Staff on Alternative Strategies for Assembly of the Joint Strike Fighter

RAND Analyst Cynthia Cook and Jeffrey Isaacson, Vice President of RAND's National Security Research Division, gave a Congressional staff briefing May 3, 2002, on Final Assembly and Checkout Alternatives (FACO) for the Joint Strike Fighter, performed within RAND's National Defense Research Institute. The research responded to a congressional request to examine the implications of alternative strategies for performing the final assembly and checkout of the Joint Strike Fighter.

The task included identifying reasonable alternative facilities and determining the cost of doing all or part of the work at these locations. RAND's analysis of the alternatives indicates that no efficiency, effectiveness, or cost reasons exist to split FACO operations between two sites or across multiple sites. In addition, moving any portion of the work out of Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant will increase costs to the Department of Defense (DoD). This work was also briefed to Pete Aldridge, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, on April 22.