Accession Number : ADA316860

Title :   Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on International Armaments Cooperation: International Armaments Cooperation in An Era of Coalition Security.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA316860

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : During the 1980's and 90's, international armaments cooperation has been a course of only intermittent interest to the United States. In contrast, commercial industry has increasingly relied on collaborative efforts in high technology, and the payoffs have been significant. Recognizing this potential synergy, armaments cooperation is clearly an attractive policy option, particularly in a period of constrained resources-one that can achieve strengthened military coalitions as well as broader national objectives. The attached report contains the findings and recommendations of the Defense Science Board's Task Force charged with examining the best way for the Department of Defense (DoD) to pursue that cooperation. In it, the Task Force defines a new 'model' for DoD to implement in its future armaments cooperation. The essence of the model is that DoD should view collaborative international programs, first and foremost, as an important means of attaining U.S. geopolitical and military objectives. However, if the model is adopted by DoD, collaborative programs will also have the potential of generating net economic and industrial benefits. As an essential element of this new model, in order to proactively explore opportunities for collaboration, the Secretary of Defense should consolidate several existing offices into one organization focused on the implementation of armaments cooperation agreements. This organization would work with the CINCs and their foreign counterparts to identify high-priority military missions that are likely to be undertaken in a coalition context. Once these mission areas have been agreed upon, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Joint Staff would identify required new military capabilities that could then serve as objectives for transatlantic collaborative programs.

Descriptors :   *WEAPONS, *INDUSTRIES, *TASK FORCES, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *INTERNATIONAL TRADE, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *COOPERATION, MILITARY OPERATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ECONOMICS, MODELS, MISSIONS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, GEOPOLITICS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, AGREEMENTS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE