Air Weapon Systems in the Third World: A Combat Potential Assessment Technique.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This report, prepared under the auspices of the Director of Central Intelligences Exceptional Analyst Program, proposes a quantitative technique for assessing the impact of air weapons systems transfers on the combat potential of Middle Eastern recipients. Existing quantitative methodologies are examined to identify strengths and weaknesses. An analytical paradigm is outlined, and essential measurement variables isolated. Data collection and estimation techniques are explained. A data reduction scheme based on an amalgam of factor analysis and multi-attribute utility techniques is described and tested. A linear aggregational technique which combines the relative contributions of air weapons attributed in four mission roles air defense, fighterair superiority, interdiction, close air support is developed and applied to 125 operational and programmed aircraft. Current and projected combat aircraft inventories for 22 Middle EasternNorth African nations are established, and force propagation potential sortie production is estimated for each aircraft. Sortie production and air weapon system combat potential assessments are combined to generate national force air combat potential estimates in four mission areas for the period 1984 through 1990. An example illustrating the proposed methodologys flexibility in responding to differing alternatives and assumptions in support of arms transfer policy making is offered.
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