Accession Number : ADA308700

Title :   Defense Dependence on Foreign High Technology. An Assessment of U.S. Vulnerability.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Niesz, Lisa M.

PDF Url : ADA308700

Report Date : MAR 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 173

Abstract : Numerous recent studies and analyses have investigated the causes of industrial base migration and its effect on the U.S. technology and manufacturing bases, and potentially, on Defense capability. DARPA undertook this study in an effort to supplement the considerable and valuable 'conventional wisdom' produced by the previous reports by commissioning contractor studies to: (1) examine parts lists of selected weapons systems in greater depth than previously, to whatever subtier contractor level would reveal the ultimate national origin of their components and of the equipment and assembly, packaging, and testing services used in their production; (2) assess the degree of vulnerability resulting from any dependence discovered; and (3) examine the likelihood that foreign suppliers might seek to use those vulnerabilities to pressure the U.S. in peacetime, by reviewing cases where technology denial has been used in the past to exert political leverage.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, AIRCRAFT, MANUFACTURING, PEACETIME, WEAPON SYSTEMS, VULNERABILITY, CONTRACTORS, RADAR, COSTS, MICROELECTRONICS, AIR TO AIR MISSILES, DEFENSE INDUSTRY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE