Technology Infrastructure

Aviation & Aerospace Industry

Back to America: A Native American Initiative for Contracting in the Aeronautics and Aerospace Industries – An Overview of Proprietary Research - Rose Community Development Corporation

Rose CDC has developed a set of pioneering concepts, developed in part from our research on the Japanese model of economic development, designed to create and investment driven, sustainable technology development program in Indian Country based around the aeronautics and Aerospace Industry. A significant source of research direction has come from the MIT Japan project, in particular, David B. Friedman and Richard J. Samuels study of the Japanese Aircraft Industry and Japan's technology ideology. Additional field research has come from negotiations with various tribal councils and leaders regarding the specifics of various investment driven contracting or sub-contracting projects as tribal corporation investments.

In particular, we have identified the Aviation MRO market as an especially apt area of investment for tribal councils which allows immediate participation in the growing demand for aircraft technology, including dual-use technologies without necessarily depending upon heavy capital intensive infrastructure on reservation lands. Despite recent decreases in travel, the industry will continue to depend on increasing needs for aircraft parts and equipment, and Wyman estimates aggressive MRO growth based on both size and aging of existing aeronautical and aerospace fleets.

The MRO industry also offers a unique opportunity for technological integration since both investment and production are at present highly fragmented in the industry. In the context of Rose' Back to America program, Native American MRO investment offers a combined opportunity to centralize leadership in this market, incorporate key minority subcontracting factors for U.S. Department of Defense contracts and given Rose CDC's approach to information technology intensive enterprise, creates new possibilities for implementing an information and computational intensive approach to this American-centric investment program precisely at a time when the nation is in dire need of alternatives to recent trends in technology and investment outsourcing. Similar to Jet Blue's "Homesourcing" program (http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~rickjonh/page3.html), Rose CDC's initiative extends this approach into the defense aspects of the aerospace industry and is expected to be a major source of U.S. based job creation.

In addition to participation in the $110 Billion aviation airframe and component industry (commercial jet transport and military), Rose CDC's research, following the Japanese FSX strategy, envisions significant additional spin-offs in civilian technology and related industries. By adopting this kind of approach, and marrying it to the MRO financing mechanism, we create, for the first time, a unique methodology for moving forward in the aerospace industry, even when other types of firms may be facing contraction and financial losses. Our unique American positioning, combined with state of the art IT technology, also allows us to employ the most advanced tools for computation, simulation and information methodology, broadening not only core products but anticipated spin-offs in related industries (see Michael Porter, Harvard Business Review, November-December, 1996).

In short, we have used both our long-term and local research base to develop a program of national interest for Indian Country, extending novel investment through high-demand financial instruments into a critical area of IT driven manufacturing and technology development.

To learn more about the Japanese FSX Strategy click the link below.
The MIT Japan Program.pdf