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Rationalization, Standardization and Interoperability: Protecting U.S. Interests in the Process,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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The military necessity for Rationalization, Standardization and Interoperability increases as the possibility of a non-nuclear European war increases. The No-First-Use of nuclear weapons policy that has received considerable attention in the recent past must inevitably dictate that conventional force capabilities be significantly improved. One of the most dramatic force multipliers as it were, is the capability of all nations to utilize weapon systems that are either the same Standardization or at least compatible in fuel, ammunition and communication. National Security may be viewed in the context of capability and credibility. If a nation or alliance has no capability, the credibility of its actions is not significant. NATO has been viewed by its members a vehicle whereby the synergistic sum is greater than the sum of its parts. The viability of NATO will ultimately depend upon the willingness of the individual states to sacrifice their national interests for the advantage of projecting a combined conventional capability sufficiently credible to deter Soviet aggression. For this reason alone, a rational RSI Program must be an integral part of U.S.NATO strategic planning.
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