Globalization and Its Implications for the Defense Industrial Base
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This monograph examines the impact of globalization on the U.S. defense industrial base. After providing a brief overview of globalizations general effects on countries and companies and the current structure of the global defense industry, the author examines how elements of globalization are shaping the strategies of defense companies. He focuses on those elements of globalization that are of particular importance to the defense industry. They include the globalization of capital finance, production, trade, technology and labor, and the changes in global governance that structure the forces of globalization. The author concludes by offering 10 recommendations on how U.S. Government, military, and company level policies can preserve the U.S. defense industrial base during the current era of globalization. The recommendations revolve around three themes 1 Globalization is blurring the distinction between a domestic and foreign defense company, and policies that aim to keep this artificial distinction are not helping either national security or the defense industrial base 2 workers are a defense companys most important asset, and policies should be designed to have the best educated and trained workers designing and building U.S. weapons systems and, 3 the relationship between globalization and technology provides both risks and opportunities, and policies geared toward preserving a perceived U.S. advantage in technology may prove to be detrimental to both national security and economic competitiveness.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Defense Systems