Maquiladoras and National Security: Design Theory as a Guide
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The Mexican maquiladora industry is rapidly losing market share to Asian competitors that dramatically undercut them in terms of labor costs. The decline of these assembly-for-export factories will result in instability along the U.S.-Mexico border and will prove to be a serious national security issue for the United States. This paper leverages Design Theory to frame the problems surrounding Mexicos maquiladora industry to develop an understanding of this complex adaptive system. It examines the wide range of actors involved in the system, focusing on their goals, motivations, and conflicting tendencies. Finally, the paper recommends courses of action for U.S. and Mexican leaders that will mitigate the resulting instability in the Mexican northern border states.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems