After a prolonged period of increasing spending driven by wartime requirements, few would disagree that current U.S. defense spending is unsustainable. The Pentagon’s desire to instill fiscal discipline is a signal for the industrial base, and if Secretary Robert Gates’s advice is any incentive—“start delivering cost savings, or the government will do it for you”—industry should pay attention. With the need to reduce costs that have crept into the system, there emerge the predictable ...
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