Analysis of Defense Products Contract Trends, 1990-2014

This report analyzes contracting trends for each of the 10 categories of supplies, including major weapon systems as well as regularly neglected areas like subsystems, components, commodities, and commercial goods. The report also breaks new ground by extending this analysis back to the 1990s, including a look at vendor size during that period. The report draws the conclusion that the budget cap drawdown, thus far, has not produced any shifts in overall contracting comparable to those taking place during the peace dividend cuts, though there have been significant changes in specific sectors, such as electronics & communications.

Jesse E. Ellman

Jacob Bell

Research Intern