From the thesis abstract: "U.S. Force structure in the post-Cold War security environment continues to be a subject of constant debate. While the Bottom-Up Review (BUR) thoroughly examined future defense requirements, it actually raised more questions than it answered since the result of that process remains unaffordable. In the absence of a bonafide National Security Strategy, efforts to size and shape the military will undoubtedly continue to be a very difficult undertaking. And with budgetary constraints essentially driving force structure decisions, it becomes imperative that we incorporate and retain cost-effective platforms which have utility across a wide range of warfare areas. One such platform is the P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)."
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