IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 17 (7), pp. 16-19, 1993
M. Pecht and E. Hakim
CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Consortium
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
With cut-backs in the military and the changing international economic environment, there is a growing perception that the military must rely on commercial industries in order to afford the next generation of high performance and high reliability military systems. What is not clear, is whether an industrial base for the military can be provided and maintained without dramatic changes in the operation of both the government (DoD) and commercial industry. This paper examines one issue associated with this question- whether commercial standards can effectively supplant military standards and still provide high performance and reliability for military missions.
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