Democracy's Arsenal: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense by Jacques S. Gansler

By Jacques S. Gansler

A professional explains why the safety wishes of the twenty-first century require a change of the protection of the 20 th century.

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Considering these options in inverse order, a significant number of firms simply exited the defense business. In the high-technology companies, these included California Microwave, GTE, Hughes Electronics, IBM, Lucent, Magnavox, Phillips, and Texas Instruments. In the large industrial companies, there were Allegheny, Teledyne, Chrysler, Eaton, Emerson, Ford, General Electric (except jet engines), Tenneco, and Westinghouse. Because of the complexity of government rules (ranging from specialized accounting to concerns about propriety rights), many technology-rich companies (such as Hewlett Packard, 3-M, and Corning) declined to participate in critical research and development projects of the Defense Department, even though they continued to sell their commercial products to the DoD.

Plants 14 Chapter 2 had adequate production capacity to build the missiles. But individual parts were required to increase the Patriot production rate, and surge planning had not included the parts. There was an eighteen-month delay in obtaining these parts. Clearly, planning for surge production of these systems had been inadequate. Until World War I, the Minuteman model of mobilizing manpower in response to war was the nation’s planning approach. After World War II, planning anticipated large surges in the production of ships, planes, and tanks.

Government Printing Office, 2007). The Defense Industry in Perspective 23 done to achieve significant reductions without loss of national security. Most of the total DoD budget is divided approximately equally among the army, navy, and air force (with the air force usually slightly higher because of the high costs of individual aircraft and aircraft maintenance, particularly jet engines). The army is far less capital-intensive than the air force, and the major share of the army’s costs goes to personnel.

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