Accession Number : ADA189578

Title :   Technical Assessment of U.S. Electronics Dependency.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb-Apr 85,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Van Atta, Richard ; Heginbotham, Erland ; Frank, Forrest ; Perrella, Albert ; Hull, Andrew

PDF Url : ADA189578

Report Date : Nov 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : Concern has been expressed that national security interests of the U.S. are being compromised by dependency upon foreign sources of electronics components. This study investigates the degree to which Defense electronics are dependent upon foreign sources, particularly those located in the Far East. The study concentrated on microelectronics--specifically semiconductors. The analyses began with a review of microelectronic components contained in two Defense systems, The Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer (ASPJ), to determine the extent and type of foreign sourcing. Information on components in these systems led to investigation of broader classes of components based on data from such sources as the Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC). Specific conclusions from the study are: (1) the U.S. is dependent upon foreign assembly or production for certain categories of defense electronics; however, for other categories there is no dependency on foreign sources, thus (2) in evaluating dependency it is necessary to differentiate between types of devices, whether they are standard or non-standard and whether they are discrete devices, microcircuits, or hybrids. In addition, the study reviewed trends in the electronics industry regarding defense production and overseas investment to determine whether any major shifts could be expected in dependency upon foreign sources.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, *ELECTRONICS, *MICROELECTRONICS, *PRODUCTION, AIRBORNE, ASSEMBLY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FAR EAST, FOREIGN, INDUSTRIES, INVESTMENTS, JAMMING, MICROCIRCUITS, NATIONAL SECURITY, OVERSEAS, SELF CONTAINED, SOURCES

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE