Accession Number : ADA294714

Title :   The Sale Of US Military Aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Bents, Eric R.

PDF Url : ADA294714

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : The end of the Cold War in the late 1980s resulted in a gigantic downsizing and consolidation of America's defense industries, as domestic demand plummeted and the volume of international arms trading fell. However, in total world arms exports the United States exports more arms than any other nation. The country of Saudi Arabia has been the destination of a disproportionate amount of these weapons. The following account is an examination of the US military aerospace industry, the world military aerospace market, US government policy concerning arms exports, and the Saudi aerospace market. Each of these entities profoundly impacts US-Saudi military aerospace commerce. By individually analyzing the above factors, it will be demonstrated that the supply relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia is dependent on the convergence of several long standing and deep seated aspirations on the part of the three major players: the US Aerospace Industry, the US Government, and the Saudi Government. The US military aerospace industry's exports are critical to ensure its independent survival, help fund crucial R&D programs, and maintain a viable defense high tech industrial base in the U.S. In addition, it wishes to exert a military presence in the Gulf area and nurture relations with Saudi Arabia in particular, as the world's leading oil producer. The Saudi government requires a military defense anchored in high tech aerospace systems, as well as a dependable and capable military ally such as the US.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, *TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, *FOREIGN MILITARY SALES, FOREIGN POLICY, COMMERCE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, EXPORTS, ECONOMIC IMPACT, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THESES, AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, DEFENSE INDUSTRY, AEROSPACE INDUSTRY, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), SAUDI ARABIA, OIL FIELDS, CRUDE OIL.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Defense Systems
      Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE