Lean Manufacturing and the Defense Industry: Lessons for Cost Analysts

This document provides briefing on "Military Airframe Acquisition Costs: The Effects of Lean Manufacturing", in which RAND authors Cynthia R. Cook and John C. Graser thoroughly assess U.S. military aircraft manufacturers' use of lean practices with the goal of determining to what extent, if any, the industry's adoption of such practices should be incorporated into government cost-estimating models. After briefly tracing the history of lean manufacturing, the authors describe in detail the manner in which lean principles have informed each critical phase of military aircraft production.

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