Accession Number : ADA186960

Title :   American Foreign Policy and Air Force Logistics Policy in Japan, 1950-1975; a Comparative History.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Melsha, Joel E.

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : This study compares the history of American foreign policy and Air Force logistics policy between 1950 and 1975 in Japan to determine if and to what extent foreign policy influences logistics policy. The research concentrated on the American relationship with Japan because this relationship has exhibited dramatic changes in recent history and has developed into one of the closest between free nations. Three indicators were selected to measure the effects of changes in foreign policy on logistics policy: the numbers and types of aircraft stationed on American bases in Japan, the number and capabilities of the bases themselves, and numbers and skills of the personnel stationed with American units in Japan. The study found that foreign policy does indeed influence logistics policy and in some cases, actually dictates logistics policy. Trends in the foreign policy and logistics policy revealed that they were at times linked so closely that they seemed to be a single entity. The most direct links were demonstrated in the treaties that specifically related to security and mutual defense. Foreign policy in this period followed trends of increased Japanese self-reliance, decreased American influence in Japan, and consistent support for democracy and economic growth. Logistics indicators showed trends of decreased numbers of aircraft, personnel, and bases; increased sophistication of weapon systems; and consolidation of resources into massive logistics centers.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *JAPAN, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, *HISTORY, AIR FORCE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEMOCRACY, ECONOMICS, GROWTH(GENERAL), INDICATORS, LOGISTICS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INDICATORS, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, THESES, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, POLICIES, AIRCRAFT, WEAPON SYSTEMS, TREATIES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE