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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on International Armaments Cooperation: International Armaments Cooperation in An Era of Coalition Security.
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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During the 1980s and 90s, international armaments cooperation has been a course of only intermittent interest to the United States. In contrast, commercial industry has increasingly relied on collaborative efforts in high technology, and the payoffs have been significant. Recognizing this potential synergy, armaments cooperation is clearly an attractive policy option, particularly in a period of constrained resources-one that can achieve strengthened military coalitions as well as broader national objectives. The attached report contains the findings and recommendations of the Defense Science Boards Task Force charged with examining the best way for the Department of Defense DoD to pursue that cooperation. In it, the Task Force defines a new model for DoD to implement in its future armaments cooperation. The essence of the model is that DoD should view collaborative international programs, first and foremost, as an important means of attaining U.S. geopolitical and military objectives. However, if the model is adopted by DoD, collaborative programs will also have the potential of generating net economic and industrial benefits. As an essential element of this new model, in order to proactively explore opportunities for collaboration, the Secretary of Defense should consolidate several existing offices into one organization focused on the implementation of armaments cooperation agreements. This organization would work with the CINCs and their foreign counterparts to identify high-priority military missions that are likely to be undertaken in a coalition context. Once these mission areas have been agreed upon, the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD and the Joint Staff would identify required new military capabilities that could then serve as objectives for transatlantic collaborative programs.
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