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Issue 12 • Date Dec. 1992

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  • Conversion and the defense engineer

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 26 - 28
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    The authors examine the issue of how transferable engineering skills are from the military to the civilian sector. They argue that engineers ought to get involved in forging links between technology's capabilities and society's needs. They consider ways to bring this about.<> View full abstract»

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  • Engineers in profile

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 29 - 36
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    The switch from defense to other jobs by eleven engineers is examined. They evaluate their successes and failures and offer advice to other engineers facing loss of their defense jobs.<> View full abstract»

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  • Companies in profile

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 37 - 45
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    Steps taken by eight companies and by the Israeli defense industry to switch from the military to the commercial markets for their products and services are outlined. The companies discussed are Thomson-CSF, Hughes Aircraft, M/A-COM, Raytheon, Irvine Sensors, Westinghouse, Qualcomm, and GEC-Marconi. Their strategies are explained and their successes described.<> View full abstract»

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  • How government can help (defense production downsizing)

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 46 - 52
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    The pressures on the US government to downsize its immense defense production complex in the wake of easing Cold War tensions and their likely impact on the economy are discussed. Arguments for and against government intervention to boost national and local economies as defense funds dwindle and jobs disappear are examined, and congressional actions are enumerated. Ways of maintaining high-quality military capability in this altered environment are considered.<> View full abstract»

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  • DOE labs: models for tech transfer

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 53 - 57
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    Strategies being developed by the laboratories administered by the Department of Energy (DOE), particularly those involved in weapons work, to implement their new R&D mission of helping to maintain US security and its competitiveness in the world market are examined. They are pursuing technologies and developing expertise and services that support both commercial and military applications. Cooperative R&D arrangements with private companies, a key element in this conversion, are described.<> View full abstract»

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  • Learning new skills

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 58 - 61
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    Issues surrounding the retraining of engineers are examined. Some available programs are described. Guidelines for engineers considering retraining are given.<> View full abstract»

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  • The courage to convert (engineers)

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 62 - 68
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    Eight experts talk about the role of government, business, and engineers themselves in the process of converting from defense work to the commercial sector. Although the details of their views vary greatly, all agree that fundamental change is taking place and that government will have a major role to play.<> View full abstract»

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