Accession Number:

ADA558978

Title:

U.S. National Defense Acquisition and Budgetary Policy in an International Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-12-03

Pagination or Media Count:

115.0

Abstract:

Although domestic laws, rules, and norms shape defense acquisition in the United States, budgeting and financial management policy and practice decisions made in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government regarding how to spend defense financial resources have a powerful impact on the international security environment and the strategic choices of other nations. Understanding the interaction effects between U.S. defense weapons and weapon systems planning, acquisition, and execution and related budgetingfiscal policy and the reactions of other nations to it all is vital if U.S. defense management processes are to succeed in achieving the objective of preparing U.S. armed forces to fulfill the U.S. governments national, international, and foreign policy goals. This report examines U.S. defense weapons acquisition and budgeting from an international perspective. Within this context, answers are sought to the following questions. First, what are the effects of U.S. defense acquisition, defense assets, and budgets on the international development and diffusion of new military technologies Second, what factors drive U.S. arms export decisions Third, how do U.S. policies shape the international market for armaments Finally, do U.S. decisions about how many resources to devote to national defense drive those of other nations through arms racing and burden-sharing This report addresses a number of policy and process issues related to these questions and provides a summary and conclusions.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE