Accession Number:

ADA207890

Title:

Arms Transfers and the Third World: Trends and Developments. CLIC papers

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY-AIR FORCE CENTER FOR LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT LANGLEY AFB VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The role of arms sales in world politics has grown tremendously since the end of World War II, particularly in the last decade. The importance of arms sales is increasingly evident in the foreign policies of supplier and recipient nations, in regional politics and balances, and in East-West competition as in North-South relations. Arms sales have become in recent years a crucial dimension of international affairs. This paper examines several postwar trends in arms transfers and looks at what their impact will be on the conduct of conflict in the future. One of the challenges encountered while researching this topic was the sheer complexity of the global politics of arms sales. What we are talking about here are the political motives, economic incentives, and the security perspectives of the world. Arms sales have almost become a daily, routine occurrence. The intent of this paper is to increase the readers knowledge of an extremely complex and not well-understood phenomenon.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE