Accession Number:

ADA285881

Title:

The Shrinking U. S. Military. What To Do with the Excess Equipment

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

1993-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

This research report describes the issues regarding excess equipment due to force reductions, particulary the question of whether this equipment would be useful as the basis for a future force build-up. The issues addressed include the availability of equipment, the anticipated timing of such a build- up, the new force size in relation to the storage program, the costs associated with storage programs, the impact of technology the rate of obsolescence, and the policies which the Department of Defense should pursue. A related issue is whether production equipment and facilities for selected major end items should also be laid away. The report concludes that laying away production equipment and facilities to preserve the capability to produce old equipment is generally not recommended. In the case of equipment itself, an argument can be made that there are legitimate reasons for doing so, but the Department of Defense needs to first explicitly decide whether retaining the capability such storage programs would provide ought to be part of our national military strategy.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE