Defense Reform And Technology / Edition 1

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Overview

To capture the defense reform debate surrounding the proper application of high technology in military systems, this study focuses on tactical aircraft, an area epitomizing cutting-edge technology. Air combat history is revisited (including the 1991 Persian Gulf War) to confirm, reject, or qualify positions advocating certain technologies in tactical aviation. Emphasis is placed on enduring combat ideas and aircraft design principles. The interaction between mission requirements, inventory composition, and aircraft design is discussed to illustrate the dynamics of constrained choice that enters acquisition decisions. The relevance of reform arguments in the post-Cold War era is assessed, including the impact of political and economic constraints on future force-mix options, the shift from NATO-centered contingencies to Third World Low Intensity Conflict (LIC), and the threat of conventional arms proliferation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946289
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

SERGE HERZOG, who served in the Swiss Air Defense, is currently a consultant for OEISInc.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 The Debate 1
2 The Case of Tactical Fighter Aircraft 19
3 From Versatility to Supportability 39
4 Reformers and Air Combat History 69
5 The Nineties and Beyond 111
Appendix A: F-16 Capability Evolution and Program Profile 149
Appendix B: F-16 Data Analysis 157
Selected Bibliography 185
Index 201
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