Accession Number : ADA216958


Title :   Brazilian Arms Production: Partial Dependence


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Schmidt, Rachel


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a216958.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1988


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : The emergence of such new arms producers into the world market as Brazil, Israel, South Korea, and the People's Republic of China has led to a resurgence of political and economic writings on arms trade. Numerous papers have been published that hypothesize the motives for establishing indigenous production and possible outcomes that may ensue. According to this arms trade literature, some of these motives include: 1) necessity, in the case of pariah states as South Africa; 2) national prestige or regional dominance; 3) the role defense industrialization is expected to take in overall industrial modernization; 4) the desire to lessen dependency on superpowers or more traditional arms suppliers; 5) the need to develop defense equipment that better suits the operational requirements of third world environs; and, of course, 6) to make profits. Similarly, scholars have postulated myriad outcomes that might result from the emergence of new suppliers such as: a growth in regional instabilities; reduced readiness for actual conflict because of the acquisition of less advanced, but indigenously produced equipment; and polarization of wealth or actual setbacks in economic development within countries that have elected to acquire inappropriate levels of technology. This paper addresses the applicability of some of the above motives to the case of the Brazilian arms industry.


Descriptors :   *BRAZIL , *INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION , *WEAPONS , ACQUISITION , CHINA , COMMERCE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DEVELOPING NATIONS , DOCUMENTS , ECONOMICS , GLOBAL , INDUSTRIES , ISRAEL , MARKETING , OPERATIONAL READINESS , POLARIZATION , PROFITS , REDUCTION , REQUIREMENTS , SOUTH AFRICA , SOUTH KOREA


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE