Managing the US Defense Industrial Base: A Strategic Imperative   [open pdf - 41KB]

"The United States government is hindered by the uncertainty which pervades nearly every aspect of domestic activity and foreign policy. Unanticipated political, social, and economic phenomena--disorder, globalization of national economies, and various regional attempts to integrate economic and national security policies--suggest the complexity of the environment in which US defense planning is being conducted. It is within this dynamic context that the defense industrial base must be managed to ensure that risks to national security--some old, some new, some merely unfamiliar--are not aggravated by failure to preserve and exploit our competitive advantages in technology and productivity. [...] We are replacing Cold War assumptions and concepts whose purpose was to ensure a robust and responsive military component of national security strategy. Four topics among the many that confront defense planners in this new environment deserve particular attention. All have in common a search for reasonable assumptions and affordable policies to exploit what is undoubtedly our greatest national strength: a highly competitive and technologically advanced industrial base which can be sustained largely by market forces independent of direct intervention by the federal government. The four topics are the relationship between mobilization planning and the industrial base; the requirement to develop and assess resource preparedness options; the need to remain aware of how the defense technology industrial base is changing; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's evolving role in managing US industrial preparedness."

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Parameters: United States Army War College Quarterly (Summer 1994), v.24, p.27-37
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