Accession Number : ADA328209

Title :   United States Foreign Military Sales Strategy: Coalition Building or Protecting the Defense Industrial Base.

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Beard, Michael N.

PDF Url : ADA328209

Report Date : 07 AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : Exporting American ideas, equipment, training and doctrine is nothing new and has numerous benefits for U.S. security interests. Two of the most recognizable benefits are U.S. access and influence. Since the end of the Cold War there has been an apparent shift in U.S. Government policy to sell more high-technology military equipment as opposed to the older, more obsolete, retired U.S. military equipment. This paper analyzes this apparent shift in government policy from two view points. The first premise is based on the idea of burden-sharing or coalition building. Supporters of this premise stress the need to insure that our allies are capable of carrying their fair share of the load in any future conflict. Thus, for an ally to adequately carry his share of the load in future conflicts, he must be equipped with state-of-the-art, high technology military equipment that is compatible. The second premise is that of preserving and protecting the U.S. defense industrial base. As U.S. defense spending continues its downward spiral, the Pentagon is unable to fully support its military industrial complex. Today, whether we like it or not, Foreign Military Sales procurements are the only purchases keeping many U.S. weapons production facilities open. Many feel that this is acceptable since the critical skills in the U.S. defense industrial base must be preserved and with reduced defense dollars, foreign military sales is the answer.

Descriptors :   *DEFENSE INDUSTRY, *FOREIGN MILITARY SALES, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLICIES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, EXPORTS, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, COLD WAR, MILITARY BUDGETS, INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE