COCOM (Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Exports), Technology Transfer and Its Impact on National Security
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis looks at six key members of the Paris-based, Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Exports COCOM, as well as the Soviet methods of acquiring Western technology. The Soviet acquisition of Western technology is a pressing concern for the Western world and will continue to grow. In analyzing the shortcomings of COCOM and the policy making process in West Germany, Great Britain, United States, France, Italy, and Japan, various propositions are identified which explain the flow of technology moving east. Critical variables include the informal nature of COCOM itself, each countrys commercial orientation, the lack of national security input when conducting export transactions, the specific countrys political will and technological proficiency, the amount of trade the specific country does with the Soviet bloc in conjunction with their export process, laws and sanctions against violators, as well as their participation within COCOM. Policy remedies based on the research are suggested. Keywords Technology transfer, Theses.
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- Government and Political Science