Reconstituting a Production Capability
Past Experience, Restart Criteria and Suggested Policies
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This report evaluates the feasibility of restarting weapon system production lines in response to a resurgent major threat and suggests steps that might be taken at shutdown to ease restart. The cost and schedule advantages of restart relative to new-system production are quantified. Criteria are identified for deciding which systems ought to be regarded as candidates for restart, and the application of the criteria is illustrated. Other reconstitution options (e.g. maintaining “warm” production lines, excess production for stockpiling) are briefly reviewed.
Table of Contents
Preparing for Production Restart: Smart Shutdown
Identifying Candidate Systems for Restart
Alternative Reconstruction Strategies
Army Munitions Startup Problems
Production Restart of Naval Ships
Historical Restart Cost-Estimating Methods
Summary of Restart Schedules
Restart Learning-Curve Analyses
Detailed Screening of Selected Systems
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