Why Has the Cost of Navy Ships Risen?

Over the past several decades, increases in acquisition costs for U.S. Navy combatants have outpaced the rate of inflation. To understand why, the authors of this book examined two principal source categories of ship cost escalation (economy-driven factors and customer-driven factors) and interviewed various shipbuilders. Based on their analysis, the authors propose some ways the Navy might reduce ship costs in the future.

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Final Assembly and Checkout Alternatives for the Joint Strike Fighter

DoD turned to RAND to consider alternatives to the current single-site approach in which Lockheed Martin will perform all JSF FACO at its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. RAND looked at single- and multiple-site options for carrying out FACO among four Lockheed Martin JSF team-controlled plants nationwide, including the Fort Worth site. The authors find no efficiency, effectiveness, or cost reasons to split FACO operations between two sites or across...

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