By John Birkler

Safety policymakers within the U.S. anticipate that the Joint Strike Fighter will play a severe position in U.S. and allied army forces during the first 1/2 the century. the dep. of Defense's present Joint Strike Fighter axquisition technique is a winner-take-all festival pitting Lockeed Martin opposed to Boeing. This method has raised issues of even if festival may be retained after Lockheed Martin or Boeing is chosen to start engineering and production improvement.

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In the services and in the OSD, there are frequent changes in top-level personnel. When new people take over, they inevitably change priorities. The result is that it can be difficult to maintain all the funding necessary to conduct a competitive development program. Competition can slow the program during EMD because of the time involved in testing and source selection or in qualifying a second contractor. Schedules also can lengthen because of the increased program complexity and increased bureaucratic involvement caused by competition.

The result is that it can be difficult to maintain all the funding necessary to conduct a competitive development program. Competition can slow the program during EMD because of the time involved in testing and source selection or in qualifying a second contractor. Schedules also can lengthen because of the increased program complexity and increased bureaucratic involvement caused by competition. By lengthening schedules, competition carries the risk of raising program costs. Moreover, the risk of increased program length also is a disincentive to competition because there is usually a strong desire to deploy the system as rapidly as possible.

If that estimate is too high, savings from competition or other causes would be easy to achieve. If it is too low, savings would be unlikely. Improved quality assurance often is cited as a reason for secondsourcing. In some instances, the underlying reason has been a profound dissatisfaction with the initial contractor, which may be a good developer but an inefficient producer. The nature of defense procurement is such that, once a contractor is chosen to develop a major new system, the responsible military service is locked into a relationship with that contractor that could last 20 years or more.

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