Rapid Fire March 1st, 2012: Supplier Relationship Management

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* US SecDef Panetta told the House Budget Committee in a hearing yesterday that he would start planning for sequestration this summer if Congress has not reached a deal by then. It is likely he will have to, and that is not even factoring in new debates over the debt ceiling. * From the Center for European Reform: What US retrenchment means for Europe and NATO [PDF]. * Mark Collins is rounding up videos of the recent 2012 Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security. One thing that was not provided there or elsewhere: a definitive price tag for the F-35. It’s hard to get there when ordered quantities are in a state of flux. * Foreign military sales as the hail Mary to sustain the national industrial base during DoD demand gaps? * The RAND Corporation looked at the US Air Force’s Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) practices. The theory is to manage suppliers in a holistic, performance-focused fashion. In practice RAND finds that the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) applies SRM only to weapon system spares and repair purchases with little institutional support and limited analytical capability. * If you have expertise in cognitive radio, radio environment mapping and radio […]

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