Aerospace Supply Chain

Mar 16, 2023  |  Articles

Using Spend Analysis to Understand Supply Chain Risks

A comprehensive understanding of spending patterns in the business is a function of the enterprise’s ability to capture data in a meaningful way.  The importance of conducting a thorough analysis of spend was emphasized in an interview with a Big […]

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

Jun 3, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Can we re-shore and create a US semiconductor industry? Maybe…

I participated today in the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine’s “Logistics and Manufacturing under Attack Virtual” Workshop, that involved a number of Department of Defense, private sector companies (GE, Pratt & Whitney), and academic partners, to discuss the […]

Apr 3, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Summary of Development and Manufacture Contracts in the Aerospace and Defense Industries

Our third contract research paper is by James Wilkinson, focusing on aerospace contracts which typically entail a great deal of risk (as illustrated by the Boeing 737 MAX incident…) The type of contract of interest in this report is for […]

Jul 11, 2017  |  Articles

Retreads are Good For Truckers…and Good for the Environment!

Over the road (OTR) trucking involves the use of hauling 53’ trailers behind a truck. The American Transportation Research Institute estimates that of the total cost per mile of driving a rig that drives between 80,000 and 125,000 miles per […]

May 29, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Executive Roundtable: Combating Counterfeit in the Supply Chain

This week the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative is holding an executive panel focused on the challenges of dealing with counterfeiting in the supply chain.  We will be hosting a number of major public and private sector participants including the Air Force, the […]

Aug 27, 2014  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Student Project Lineup Off to a Great Start…

NC State kicked off classes last week, and as usual our incoming group of MBA students were lined up with projects as part of their entry class into supply chain management, MBA 541.  I have been teaching this class, called […]

Feb 5, 2013  |  Director's Blog

The Dreamliner Debacle Continues….the Death of Outsourcing?

Tim Cummins, CEO of the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM), notes in his blog Commitment Matters that Dreamliner’s battery problems are perhaps due to the lack of procurement competencies that exist in the organization.  This is an […]

Jul 11, 2012  |  Director's Blog

Airbus, Boeing, and CAT Discover Supplier Integration Comes Down to Hard Work

The article in today’s WSJ refers to the new approach being used by Airbus and Boeing to “integrate” suppliers.  Supplier integration and collaboration are terms that are thrown around a bit too much for my liking, primarily because they don’t […]

Jul 3, 2012  |  Director's Blog

They're Posted! Latest Supply Chain Sustainability Benchmark Reports!

Every other year, a team of MBA students from the Poole College of Management take a one credit class I teach on supply chain sustainability.  As part of this class, students are assigned to teams to study a group of […]