Accession Number : ADA329903

Title :   International Armaments Cooperaton in the Post-Cold War Era.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Hartman, Paul L.

PDF Url : ADA329903

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 129

Abstract : During the height of the Cold War, the United States Department of Defense had a focused acquisition effort to produce major weapons systems. These weapons systems were developed as single service acquisition efforts. Their high costs were justified by their sophisticated technology, which enabled the U.S. military to gain and maintain air and ground combat superiority. Such acquisition practices significantly increased the defense budget, which peaked in 1985 at $414 billion. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and an absence of a single galvanizing threat to global security, the U.S. has been forced to drastically cut defense spending. Although there is no longer a central security concern for the U.S., there are new threats that require new defense objectives -- and containing these threats is not cheap. Senior defense leaders agree that the U.S. policy of fielding technologically superior weapon systems will not change. What alternative, then, will effectively enable the U.S. to meet reduced spending goals, yet maintain current national security levels? This thesis suggests that international armaments cooperation is one such alternative.

Descriptors :   *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *COOPERATION, FOREIGN POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ACQUISITION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, MODELS, THREATS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, WEAPON SYSTEMS, THESES, MILITARY RESEARCH, MILITARY BUDGETS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE