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
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
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