Accession Number : ADA119414

Title :   The Politics of Weapons Standardization in NATO.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Fast,Richard Charles

PDF Url : ADA119414

Report Date : Jul 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 588

Abstract : Awareness of the growing conventional imbalance between the Warsaw Pact and NATO led, in the early 1970s, to a search for ways for NATO to regain the lead or at least to balance the Warsaw Pact. Since it offered an appealing logic, standardization of weapon systems within NATO was rapidly embraced as a major means of redressing the balance. Standardization promised increased military effectiveness without increased costs (and, some argued, at lower costs) through reduction of waste caused by duplication of systems. Standardization was embraced in spite of a 25-year history of failures of similar efforts within NATO. The hypothesis of this dissertation is that this new effort will, likewise, fail to achieve any significant degree of standardization. Proponents of standardization fail to appreciate that weapons procurements are a low policy (domestic) issue and that weapons procurement decisions have traditionally been made in a disaggregated fashion (by subgovernments). Standardization requires a high policy (strategic) focus in which domestic concerns are secondary. (Author)

Descriptors :   *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *STANDARDIZATION, *NATO, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY PROCUREMENT, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, COSTS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, DECISION MAKING, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE