Accession Number : ADA115686

Title :   A System Dynamics Approach to Modeling the U.S. Arms Transfer Process.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Nickell,Mark Edward

PDF Url : ADA115686

Report Date : 07 Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 205

Abstract : The transfer of arms between countries plays a significant role in the political, economic, and military affairs of the entire world, and is, consequently, subject to constant criticism and review from many quarters. Because of the complexity of the relationships in, and the diversity of opinion about arms transfers, a concise policy which will satisfy everyone is virtually impossible to devise. This thesis is an attempt to bring together all of the significant variables concerning the arms transfer system, with particular emphasis on the welfare of United States' national interests. While this model will not be able to produce policies which will keep all interested parties satisfied, it should depict the consequences of arms transfer decisions in terms of the major variables. The model will also facilitate the examination of policies such as the dollar ceiling on sales in terms of impact on the strategic position and economy of the United States.

Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL TRADE, *WEAPONS, *MILITARY ASSISTANCE, *MATHEMATICAL MODELS, EXPORTS, MARKETING, UNITED STATES, FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, STABILITY, ECONOMICS, SYSTEMS APPROACH, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, THESES

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE