The American Aircraft Industrial Base Lt Col David R. King, PhD, USAF* examines the shrinking industrial base of the aerospace industry. (From the Spring 2006 Air and Space Journal) Read the article here. The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report The Department of Defense stresses the importance of the U.S. military to “Surge” should we face a
The U.S. shipbuilding industry is perhaps the most vivid example of a vanishing industrial base. After World War II there were over 1.2 million shipyard workers in the United States. Now only 200,000 are left. The job losses translate directly into a loss of maritime dominance.
In 2003 the U.S. found themselves with a critical shortage of the most basic form of defense in this country – ammunition. The U.S. needed to immediately ramp up small-caliber ammunition production from 1.2 billion to 1.8 billion rounds a year. Where did the U.S. look for the extra ammunition? The government went straight to
June 28, 2006 – In the Spring 2006 Air and Space Power Journal, Lt. Col David King of the United States Air Force painted a grim picture of the American Aircraft Industrial Base. Col. King concludes the shrinking production workforce throughout the aerospace industrial base is putting the U.S. at risk in the future. Read