Managing Materials for a Twenty-first Century Military

Title
Managing Materials for a Twenty-first Century Military
Author(s)
Robert Latiff
Daniel B. Müller
Year
2008
Source
The National Academies Press
ISBN
978-0-309-11257-4
Abstract
Since 1939, the U.S. government, using the National Defense Stockpile (NDS), has been stockpiling critical strategic materials for national defense. The economic and national security environments, however, have changed significantly from the time the NDS was created. Current threats are more varied, production and processing of key materials is more globally dispersed, the global competition for raw materials is increasing, the U.S. military is more dependent on civilian industry, and industry depends far more on just-in-time inventory control. To help determine the significance of these changes for the strategic materials stockpile, the Department of Defense asked the NRC to assess the continuing need for and value of the NDS. This report begins with the historical context of the NDS. It then presents a discussion of raw-materials and minerals supply, an examination of changing defense planning and materials needs, an analysis of modern tools used to manage materials supply chains, and an assessment of current operational practices of the NDS.
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Full list of authors:

ROBERT H. LATIFF, Chair, SAIC
HERMAN M. REININGA, Vice Chair, Rockwell Collins (retired)
CAROL ADKINS, Sandia National Laboratories
BRUCE E. BLUE, Freedom Metals, Inc.
KENNETH S. FLAMM, The University of Texas, Austin
KATHARINE G. FRASE, IBM
DONALD E. GESSAMAN, EOP Group
STEPHEN T. GONCZY, Gateway Materials Technology, Inc.
RALPH L. KEENEY, Duke University
EDWARD R. KIELTY, Hall Chemical Company
J. PATRICK LOONEY, Brookhaven National Laboratory
GRAHAM R. MITCHELL, Lehigh University
PETER C. MORY, U.S. Bureau of Mines and Defense National Stockpile Center
(retired)
DAVID C. MOWERY, University of California, Berkeley
DANIEL B. MUELLER, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
MADAN M. SINGH, Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, State of
Arizona
KATHLEEN A. WALSH, Naval War College
JAMES C. WILLIAMS, The Ohio State University
More Information
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12028/managing-materials-for-a-twenty-first-century-military

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