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10 November 2010


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One more possibility, James. What if the competitors are offering different products for a competition, whose characteristics are distinct enough that they're actually suited to different things?

Looking at the Lockheed vs. GD models, that does seem to be the case. Though neither is really an ideal UUV/USV mothership, as the JHSV might be.

A similar variance led the USA's lightweight fighter competitors into service with the USAF (F-16) and Navy (YF-17 becomes F/A-18 Hornet), respectively.

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James Hasik is a political economist. He serves as a senior research fellow at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University, and a non-resident senior fellow in the Defense Technology program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Since September 2001, he has been studying global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them.