A Conceptual Framework and Preliminary Observations for Assessing Military Aerospace Design and Development Capability

by Michael Kennedy, Susan A. Resetar, Nicole DeHoratius

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The purpose of this research is to provide a conceptual framework to analyze the future of Air Force Industrial Base R&D activities. Based on extensive interviews with major military contractors and independent historical analyses, it examines the resources (personnel, facilities, etc.) required to develop major military weapon systems. Estimates of required resources are used to assesses whether planned military aerospace budgets will support an industry capable of performing prospective major R&D projects. The consequences of not doing so are also examined. This draft presents initial observations. Subsequent reports will reflect more detailed data analyses.

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