Defense industrial planning for a surge in military demand: a Project Air Force report prepared for the United States Air Force
Rand, 1978 - Technology & Engineering - 102 pages
Analyzes the capability of the lower tiers (the subcontractors and suppliers) of the industrial base to surge production of defense-related output in time of crisis. Industrial Preparedness Planning (IPP) currently used by the Department of Defense (DOD) to measure and plan industrial capability is ineffective. A more productive approach would involve (1) surge demand analysis, (2) lower tier industrial activity overview, and (3) collection and analysis of data on potentially critical industries. This overview indicates that the lower tiers could significantly increase production of defense-related output in a year. Nonferrous forgings, semiconductors, and optical instruments were investigated using a data-gathering instrument that DOD could adopt as the third step in this new approach. In these industries current defense producers could double their defense-related output in a year's time and noncurrent defense producers could undertake some defense production within six months. The most critical determinants of the feasibility of surge are the availability of labor and capital, particularly skilled labor.
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MEASURING INDUSTRIAL CAPABILITY
DEFINING SURGE DEMAND
PROSPECTS FOR INDUSTRIAL SURGE IN THREE SECTORS
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90 days ability Approximately what percent assessment Baumbusch capacity utilization Census conflict constraints Cost current defense producers currently doing defense data-gathering instrument defense business defense end defense industrial base defense industrial planning defense production defense suppliers defense-related output defense-related production demand for defense-related diodes discussion DoD's dollar duction Dun & Bradstreet effort feasibl necessary firm's total firms not currently increase production indicated industrial activity industrial capability industrial planning process industrial surge input-output analysis inputs integrated circuits international crisis inventory involved lower tiers manufacturing ment military production Misc number of firms Peacetime Adequacy possible problem production process questionnaire questions Rand Corporation Related Devices reported sectors of industry semiconductor firms Semiconductors and Related SIC production skilled labor Solid state electronic Standard Industrial Classification subcontracting Supplier Sector surge capability surge demand surge in demand surge increases surge production Table three industries three sectors tion