Defense spending is part of the bigger problem of US government that allocates money for votes, such as a cheerleading museum in Texas and a grant to study the mating habits of scallops (or it is clams?) It's all gotten way out of hand, and I think the government can adjust to a decrease across the baord. As to minority-owned business, I'm not sure they are in other sectors of the government or even the private sector. I think this originally was a good idea that does get taken advantage of. A business should earn a customer's patronage by providing superior products and services. At the same time, bidding against big defense contractors has to be daunting for any small business. Ideas?
I think, at least in part, because the goverment levies requirements on the defense industry (primarily the big defense contractors) to perform a certain amount of business with minority owned companies, providing an advantage for minority owned businesses to play in that industry.
Barbara, Defense spending needs to come down, period. What effects this has on businesses is debatable but over the years and especially since last decade defense spending has ballooned to the point its effect on the economy has become bigger than it should be.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.