Accession Number : ADP008599

Title :   Streamlining Defense Acquisition Laws. Chapter 7. Defense Trade and Cooperation.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 186

Abstract : With the end of the Cold War, the integration of international and domestic economic security is emerging as a key issue to be considered as the U.S. restructures its defense establishment. Because of the need to focus on the economic aspects of American security, defense acquisition faces the twin challenges of reducing procurement expenditures while preserving a viable industrial and technology base. As discussed in Chapters 1 and 8 of this Report, reduction of defense expenditures and maintenance of the defense technology and industrial base will require greater use of commercial and nondevelopmental defense items, some of which will of necessity come from abroad. As further discussed in subchapter 7.2., collaborative sharing of research and development costs through international cooperative programs has long been a method for reducing U.S. research and development expenditures but will require the U.S. to acquire from its foreign partners. More recently, as addressed in subchapter 7.3., allied burdensharing is being emphasized by Congress as a way to cut the costs of international commitments of the United States. All of these developments suggest that in the future foreign-made defense items will of necessity be used in greater quantities by DOD. At the same time, national security will dictate that concern for foreign control or ownership of key U.S. industrial capacity be considered. On the other hand, a robust industrial base is required to promote American technological competitiveness. Our declared National Security Strategy emphasizes the importance of domestic 'surge capacity' in responding to a wide variety of crisis mobilization scenarios--not unlike Operation Desert Shield.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, ECONOMICS, NATIONAL SECURITY, UNITED STATES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE