Documents a briefing on policy implications of recent RAND research on defense industrial surge capability. The briefing suggests that a methodology for assessing defense industrial surge capability should be based on good demand analysis, should provide a methodology for obtaining an overview of the industrial activity necessary for defense production, and should have a mechanism for gathering detailed information from potential problem industries. Such a methodology was tested in RAND research and is suggested as an alternative to the current Department of Defense Industrial Preparedness Planning data collection.
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