The U.S. Defense Landscape: From Extreme Competitive Advantage to Commoditization

Air Force Journal of Logistics, Vol. 23, pp. 25-40, 2000

6 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2004 Last revised: 19 Feb 2015

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James E. Parco

Colorado College

Kevin J. Davis

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

Steve G. Green

US Air Force Academy - Department of Management

Abstract

We analyze the potential impacts of recent advancements in manufacturing technologies (a specifically, solid free form fabrication, or S3) on the current defense industrial base structure from a resource-based perspective considering Schumpeter's theory of creative destruction (1934). Decentralized manufacturing, mass customization and reclamation are identified as potential major structural changes that could threaten the extant competitive environment in the U.S. defense sector.

Keywords: Creative destruction, solid free form fabrication, resource-based, defense

JEL Classification: L23, L61, O33

Suggested Citation

Parco, Jim and Davis, Kevin J. and Green, Steve G., The U.S. Defense Landscape: From Extreme Competitive Advantage to Commoditization. Air Force Journal of Logistics, Vol. 23, pp. 25-40, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=605229

Jim Parco (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

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Kevin J. Davis

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management ( email )

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Steve G. Green

US Air Force Academy - Department of Management ( email )

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Academy, CO 80840-2944
United States

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