The Spring Product Support and Technical Data Workshop will be held May 2-5, 2016, at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater, Florida. Nation states continue to execute long-term military modernization programs that pose a threat to the United States. Also, non-state actors show increasing ability to strategically impact worldwide stability and the security of the United States and its key allies. The need to establish affordable military readiness is a necessary element to protect the national security of the United States. The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased to offer you a forum focused on the implementation of effective product support initiatives.
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In September 2010, then-Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter directed program managers (PM) to routinely analyze the business cases behind procuring the technical data packages and rights to new weapon systems. In this article, the author recounts some of the historical difficulties with procuring technical data for fielded systems, and presents a heuristic economic model outlining the problems that PMs should consider before making an offer.