Accession Number : ADA304717

Title :   Bomber R & D Since 1945. The Role of Experience,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Lorell, Mark A. ; Saunders, Alison ; Levaux, Hugh P.

PDF Url : ADA304717

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : Anecdotal evidence suggests that experience plays a critical role in the cost-effectiveness design and development of successful military aircraft. Understanding the true situation may be essential to meet Air Force needs despite declining R&D budgets, few new programs starts, and industry contraction. To examine this issue, the authors explore the history of U.S. bomber production since the end of World War II. They conclude that relevant experience does, indeed, matter--firms develop valuable system--specific knowledge in ongoing work, and experience in important new technologies has a distinct advantage. There is far less correlation between commercial and aircraft than was once thought, so such experience is unlikely to be useful. And since major breakthroughs in technology, design approaches, and concepts have come far more often from government labs than from the commercial sector the contribution of 'dual-use' technology to future military aircraft design and development may be limited.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, *BOMBER AIRCRAFT, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, DECISION MAKING, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, COST EFFECTIVENESS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), JET BOMBERS, AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, MULTIPURPOSE, AIR FORCE BUDGETS, CONTRACTION, STEALTH TECHNOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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