The V-22: Can the Nation Afford to Forgo Its Production
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The V-22 was designed for the ground up to satisfy missions required by all military services. It is an airplane that represents the leading edge of tiltrotor technology. Since Secretary Cheneys decision to cancel the V-22 in 1989, lines of political competition have been drawn. Continued support for the V-22 comes from an influential group within Congress determined to advance the program based on its civil application. The V-22 no longer represents a battle between the Executive and Legislative branches over their specific defense responsibilities. This thesis addresses two questions 1 using the V-22 as a case study, what are the programmatic and financial implications for the Department of Defense and industry of dual-use technology and 2 What does the V-22 teach us about the process of defense budgeting Throughout the thesis emphasis is places on the actions of the committees of Congress responsible for the defense budget, and specifically the V-22. This thesis examines the roles and relationships between the players throughout the history of the V-22 program to determine if any useful analogies may be identified with respect to present and future defense budgeting and acquisition practices.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science