Preserving the U.S. Military Technological Edge: A Long-Term Military-Industrial-Economic Strategy to Expand the U.S. Military Technological Edge into the 21st Century   [open pdf - 2MB]

"A comprehensive military-industrial-economic strategy is critical for improving U.S. defense and industrial abilities to research, develop, and produce advanced systems. Desert Shield and Desert Storm raised concerns about the U.S. capability to produce advanced weapons systems for future combat operations because many critical parts of U.S. weapons are increasingly being designed by foreign companies. U.S. industries appear to have an extremely difficult time transferring early technological leads into profitable, non- defense, commercial products and seem to miss opportunities to produce high technology products for domestic and international consumption, resulting in a further erosion of the U.S. industrial base. The diminished U.S. industrial base, in turn, makes it more difficult for the U.S. to produce weapons systems efficiently and reconstitute combat forces should a large force be required to resolve a crisis. This study focuses on finding a better way for the Department of Defense (DoD), industry, and congress to cooperate toward creating a more viable technological and industrial base to support both national defense and economic interests."

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