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#1 Burncycle360

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 0035 AM

And the Military Industrial Complex...

Has the US ever had a command economy with regards to military procurement (such as in WWII, selecting a winning design and having competing companies both build it)?  Is there any benefit to going that route, even if temporarily, in today's world as a shortcut around current bureaucracy and inefficiency to streamline procurement to match current National Defense Strategy, or would that end up just being a slippery slope?

 

 


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#2 Panzermann

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 1047 AM

The Pentagon often does this already.

Buying spare parts from anyone who competes in a tender and wins to supply the parts or devices. Some of the equipment designs are wholly owned by the pentagon and they contract manufacture out to bidders. Easily seen for example with M16 and M4 rfles having been manufactured by different firms over the decades. Others are not so obvious like small parts like screws or connectors or cables from different suppliers.

 

 

Also aeroplane or ship parts are contracted out to different firms, but there is obviously a stricter quality control and there are not that many certified firms in the first place able to deliver the required parts.


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#3 Harold Jones

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 1432 PM

And the Military Industrial Complex...

Has the US ever had a command economy with regards to military procurement (such as in WWII, selecting a winning design and having competing companies both build it)?  Is there any benefit to going that route, even if temporarily, in today's world as a shortcut around current bureaucracy and inefficiency to streamline procurement to match current National Defense Strategy, or would that end up just being a slippery slope?

 

 

I'd say the biggest problem with procurement is the part where we actually choose a final design, so the actual production is the easy part.  Look at the various attempts to produce a new scout helicopter, or to replace the M113.


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Posted 25 September 2018 - 1836 PM

Designs are shopped out to various manufacturers. This is why in WWII Willys and Ford made Jeeps. It was a Willys design but Ford had the numbers to make the. Still done today. The M35 was built by REO. Mine was made by AM General.  The engines were built by Continental, Hercules and White. The M35A3 engines by Caterpillar. The M939s are now being built by BMY Harco, AM General was building them originally.


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