Accession Number : ADA217609


Title :   Cost as a Factor in Soviet Weapons Decisionmaking


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Dec 1988-Aug 1989


Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA


Personal Author(s) : Hull, Andrew W ; Almquist, Peter B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a217609.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 33


Abstract : Intuitively, one believes that cost ought to be a significant decisionmaking factor in the Soviet weapons acquisition process. If that is indeed true, then DoD decisionmakers should be quite interested in when, how, and to what extent cost shapes the outcome of the Soviet weapons acquisition process. However, interest alone is not enough. There must also be sufficient data available about the role that cost plays in the process. With these perspectives in mind, the authors undertook this project, under IDA's Independent Research Program, aimed at: (1) ascertaining whether DoD officials were in fact interested in the impact of cost in shaping Soviet weapons choices, and, if so, where this concern might play in the U.S. decisionmaking process; as well as (2) identifying potential data to address DoD's concerns. The project was limited to about six man-weeks of effort (split between two analysts). Hence, the results are necessarily modest. Nevertheless, this preliminary investigation revealed that there is interest in the topic and that data are available to address several significant issues.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *COSTS , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , COST EFFECTIVENESS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , USSR


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE