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Building Future Security: Strategies for Restructuring the Defense Technology and Industrial Base   [open pdf - 4MB]

Building Future Security, the final report of OTA's assessment of the U.S. defense technology and industrial base (DTIB), discusses strategies for moving to a smaller and more efficient DTIB over the next decade and maintaining that base in the future. The principal finding of Building Future Security is that while powerful bureaucratic, economic, and political interests favor a proportional downsizing of the DTIB in which a maximum number of current firms or organizations would survive (albeit smaller and perhaps weaker), this approach would not best serve the Nation's defense needs. Instead, if these needs are to be met, the anticipated cuts in defense spending will require a fundamental restructuring of the DTIB to 1) reallocate resources from short-term military capabilities to long-term military potential, and 2) exploit the synergies that can result from a closer integration of the R&D, production, and maintenance elements of the base.

Report Number:
OTA-ISC-530
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Date:
1992-06
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Public Domain
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Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota
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pdf
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