Richard Lundin

Problems that stem from using a single-source supply chain combined with the lack of Intellectual Property (IP) ownership were recurring themes during my visit to a U.S. Military depot last month. During a half hour briefing I attended, the brass made two things clear to department heads and visiting suppliers. First and foremost was a clear directive to buy the IP rights when paying for development of an engineered product or a weapons system. The second was to obtain more than one source for a service or part. Sole sourcing without purchasing the IP saved money for the military in the late 20th century. But the decision has come back to haunt them. They are paying millions for reverse engineering because they don’t have access to the IP, or the production … Read More +