While government contractors and other suppliers to the U.S. military have only recently started to explore the role of outsourcing contracts as a means to create a competitive advantage, the practice is on the fast track. Analysts estimate that outsourcing among prime military contractors will exceed $4 billion this year.

And for good reason,” according to Ed Evangelista, vice president, Federal Electronics, and author of the new white paper. “When effectively integrated, an outsourcing strategy enables defense contractor companies to expand and contract operations to meet demand without maintaining an expensive infrastructure and at lower cost with shorter development cycle times.

However, selecting the wrong electronics manufacturing services (EMS) outsourcing partner is a decision fraught with risks – in terms of cost, product quality and delivery, and customer retention,” he said.

Based on 20 years of “witnessing the best and worst of electronic contract manufacturing,” Evangelista has observed seven key principles to ensure the successful outcome of outsourcing contracts.

He has codified those principles into a new, free white paper titled “Selecting an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Partner for Military/Government Applications: 7 Things You Must Know,” providing strategic discussions offering how-to advice on such issues as:

  • Determining the appropriate outsourcing strategy
  • Matching business profiles & capabilities
  • Addressing product mix
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • New product introductions
  • Cost strategies and issues

For defense contractor companies, the economic benefits of a successful outsourcing strategy are great. But likewise, the stakes are equally as high. Virtually every decision can be a minefield. Don’t take anything for granted,” Evangelista said.

To download the free white paper, “Selecting an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Partner for Military/Government Applications: 7 Things You Must Know,” visit www.federalelec.com/militarypaper.