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Title: International Defense Acquisition Management and the Fifth-Generation Fighter Quandary
Authors: Raymond E. Franck
Ira Lewis
Holden Simmonds
Bernard Udis
Keywords: Global Defense Industries
NATO C-17 Program
T-X Trainer
Weapon System Acquisition
Issue Date: 17-Dec-2012
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Global Aerospace Industries
Abstract: This report continues a multi-year project intended to provide better understanding of global defense industries integrating perspectives based on economic theory, politics (both domestic and international), and military affairs. While the topics are disparate, the central focus of this report is the F-35. The NATO C-17 program is an inquiry into a model of international defense cooperation with different results from the negative experiences of the F-35 international partnership. The T-X trainer is viewed not just as a replacement for the T-38, but also as a fifth-generation lead-in aircraft with attendant complications and expense. We also focus on the F-35 program as an exercise in Graham Allison's model of governmental politics, and find this perspective to be useful in explaining the events and issues in that program. Finally, we essay interpretation of F-35 difficulties and issues. All things considered, we believe the F-35 program raises considerable doubts about the sustainability of US weapon system acquisition practices (especially cutting-edge technology modernization of tactical fighters). Our report investigates the reasons for those doubts, and addresses aspects of a possibly-emerging new order in weapon system requirements and design practices.
Description: Acquisition Management / NPS Faculty Research
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