To Fly a Falcon: An Exercise in Bureaucratic Politics
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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To procure a new major weapons system, one might envision an orderly process of articulating a need based on a scenario and a threat, identifying candidates to fulfill that need, selecting the best, and then negotiating a price with the winning contractor. And, in fact, this Process has been followed at times, but not always. The decision to produce the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the US Air Force was not a solution discovered by detached analysts focusing coolly on the problem. Rather, the explanation really lies In a complex game of negotiations, bargaining, and deals Involving a number of Influential players within the government, In industry, and overseas. This paper analyzes this game --a procurement decision that was an outcome of bureaucratic politics. We will review the factors leading up to the decision. look at the players involved, then analyze the process which brought these players into a final decision.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Government and Political Science
- Ammunition and Explosives