By National Research Council (U. S.)
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The envelope of technical capability in commercial manufacturing facilities is generally large enough to allow production of defense variants of commercial products. The committee finds that current DOD knowledge of commercial markets and products is inadequate for assessing emerging commercial products and capabilities and taking them into account in defense system plans and requirements. Defense contractors can help provide improved insight into the commercial base, but DOD needs its own (in-house or contracted) capability to be a smart buyer.
22 OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE INTEGRATION 23 Given these constraints and challenges, DOD will need more options for tapping into the strength of the commercial industrial base. A SPECTRUM OF CHOICES FOR MANUFACTURING INTEGRATION The tails of the ICMM spectrum are clear: unique defense solutions on one end and COTS on the other. Defense manufacturing is evolving. At one time, unique solutions were the norm, but DOD is now facing the reality that such solutions are costly, that acquisition time is excessive, and that pressure on defense spending, as well as technological and business trends, necessitates more affordable approaches.
The committee’s recommendations are as follows: 1. Vigorously pursue policy, incentives, and implementing guidelines for ICMM. 2. Establish a commercial acquisition academy to augment training and education. 3. Fund and execute additional rapid-response demonstration programs to build a broad base of experience with ICMM. 4. Contract for life-cycle support and technology refreshment. 5. Increase DOD and defense sector awareness of planned and emerging commercial technologies and capabilities. 6.