The Impact of U.S. Arms Transfer Policies on Recipient State Force Planning and Readiness.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Although one of the goals of the U.S. security assistance program is to strengthen the national security of friendly nations, this program has adopted and continues to adopt policies that impact negatively on its customers. This thesis focuses on the largest program element of the overall security assistance program, Foreign Military Sales FMS, which is conducted under the authority of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. After explaining the U.S. security assistance programs evolution and policies, the FMS process, and the follow-on support, this thesis addresses three areas that affected the recipient procurement planning the FMS contract clauses, the pricing, and financing. Second, it addresses the FMS case implementation process that affected the fielding of defense material to recipients units. Finally, the effect on the recipient weapon system readiness is addressed. Readiness is addressed by first examining the reliability of what is considered by the Department of Defense DoD to be the most effective means, the Cooperative Support Supply Arrangement CLSSA, to replenish the customers in-country stock of spare and repair parts. Second, as a result of U.S. policy of not considering the ammunition and its components in the CLSSA program, the problems that are facing the customers in regard to the procurements of ammunition through the normal channels are addressed.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies