Accession Number : ADA119759

Title :   Accelerated Production: The Air-to-Air Missile Case,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC RESEARCH DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : McLaurin, John C

PDF Url : ADA119759

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Currently, the US stockpile of air-to-air missiles falls short of requirements and the industrial base is not capable of closing the gap in a timely manner. Moreover, constraints on the defense budget are not likely to loosen. In view of these realities, schemes calling for total investment in a less-than-adequate stockpile speculate on single scenarios, thereby jeopardizing national security. We should invest in both a larger stockpile and increased industrial capability. The Industrial Preparedeness Program has failed to increase industrial capability for both peacetime and wartime production because it has not been well understood, supported, or executed. Key government personnel have given the program low priority, and industry, sensing that attitude, has lost faith in the program. Industry's lessened commitment, in turn, has precipitated further reduction in Government support. To invigorate the program and, more importantly, industrial preparedness, Government needs to tie investments in surge and mobilization capability to peacetime production contracts.

Descriptors :   *AIR TO AIR MISSILES, *INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, *ACCELERATION, SHORTAGES, STOCKPILES, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, NATIONAL SECURITY

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE