Accession Number : ADA257528

Title :   British Military Requirements, Resources, and Conventional Arms Control


Personal Author(s) : Nation, Joseph E

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Report Date : Jan 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This report was prepared for two RAND projects: 'Alternative NATO futures,' sponsored by the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, and 'Enhancing the Allied Contribution to Tactical Airpower in NATO's Central Region,' sponsored by the U.S. Air Force's Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. The report compares the financial requirements of modernizing British military forces with a range of budgetary resources both with and in the absence of negotiated conventional force reductions in Europe. Most of the research for this report was undertaken during a period of rapid change in Europe. It is highly speculative in nature, resting on several significant assumptions about an extraordinarily uncertain future in Europe. It is in no way connected with official U.S. government assessments on the subject. The analysis focuses on the evolution of economic and demographic constraints on long-term British defense planning, projects resource-requirement imbalances, and examines potential reactions to imbalances. It should be of interest to those concerned with developing concepts and force structures for NATO missions in the early 21st century, allied modernization efforts, and conventional arms reductions in Europe. The British Ministry of Defense reviewed and provided written comments on an earlier version of this report. The Ministry chose not to comment in detail, and it does not concur with the report's findings.


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE