Security Assistance and National Security in the Global Economy
DEFENSE INST OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Reform within the defense industry and the Department of Defense will be necessary to combat future defense challenges. The challenges facing national defense and the defense industrial complex cannot entirely be solved through Foreign Military Sales FMS, however, defense exports will continue to be a major player in ensuring that the United States retains the skills and facilities to research and produce advanced weapons that are necessary to the nations defense. FMS will enable vital defense lines of production, such as the M1 Abrams and F-15 Eagle, to remain open. In doing so, vital skilled defense workers will be retained and facilities will remain open and sustain the ability for additional production as unforeseen needs arise. Furthermore, in maintaining production facilities, FMS fuels local economies by providing thousands of jobs and associated consumer markets. Also, when FMS purchases are procured alongside U.S. defense purchases of the same weapons system, the U.S. military benefits from a reduction in price per unit resulting from volume purchases. FMS, when conducted responsibly, serve the best interests of the United States. Without defense exports, the United States would be forced to close production facilities of key defense systems, which would negatively impact both readiness and the economy. Local economies would be devastated in many cases by the closure of key defense production lines, the United States would lose its leadership position in key industries, such as aviation, and the Department of Defense would lose key weapon systems vital to the force structure. The national security of the United States would suffer both economically and militarily without the prudent conduct of foreign military sales arms transfers.
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