Accession Number : ADA288634

Title :   Star Wars: A Case Study of Marginal Cost Analysis and Weapon System Technology,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Donohue, George L.

PDF Url : ADA288634

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : Marginal-cost analysis can help decisionmakers formulate both de- fense strategy and technical investment strategy early in the devel- opment of a major weapon system. The purpose of this report is to provide a case study that illustrates this point. The case involves a marginal-cost analysis of system architectures for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Although the application is now somewhat dated, the nature, results, and effects of the study illustrate how criti- cal such systems analysis is for comprehensive policy analysis in considering any weapon system for which there is a likely counter.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *CASE STUDIES, *STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, *SPACE WARFARE, REENTRY VEHICLES, GUIDED MISSILES, USSR, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY STRATEGY, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, STRATEGY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, INVESTMENTS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, ATTACK, MOUNTS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, ARCHITECTURE.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE