We all know that the manufacturing process has a major impact on product cost, quality, and performance. Cost overruns, inferior quality, and inadequate performance in our weapons systems are often traceable to deficiencies in the production process. Studies performed by such organizations as the General Accounting Office, the Defense Science Board, the National Academy of Science, and others have repeatedly stressed the failure of the defense industry to provide production capability adequate in terms of technology to match the sophistication of the products being built. The inevitable results are higher cost, lower quality, longer deliveries, and generally inferior material. As a manager of tax dollars, the Navy has a responsibility to provide an informed oversight to the manufacturing processes used in the production of its hardware, and as a customer, to demand both a high level of production capability and continuous improvement consistent with the value of this hardware.
14th CIRP General Assembly
CAD-Directed Inspection, 14th CIRP General Assembly
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