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The Process and Politics of Defense Acquisition: A Reference Handbook [NOOK Book]

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The United States government invests billions each year on equipping armed forces with the most advanced military equipment. The root of the American defense acquisition system is driven by a combination of national interests and domestic political requirements. While fundamentally the defense acquisition system has produced results for the United States military, improvements are needed in order to continue to move forward in advancing military tactics and technology. Exploring both the systemic and political ...

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Overview

The United States government invests billions each year on equipping armed forces with the most advanced military equipment. The root of the American defense acquisition system is driven by a combination of national interests and domestic political requirements. While fundamentally the defense acquisition system has produced results for the United States military, improvements are needed in order to continue to move forward in advancing military tactics and technology. Exploring both the systemic and political levels of the system, Sorenson argues that the United States will fall behind if the current defense acquisition system is not reformed. This book brings together elements of this complicated system, such as national security requirements, and the changes that are needed in both the structural and political pillars. A combination of political interests and the needs of the military, serviced by an ever-shrinking defense industry, make a genuine acquisition reform even more difficult, resulting in reform that is more symbolic than genuine.

The United States military spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year on defense weapons and other items to equip the growing military. These weapons come from a system that is deeply imbedded in complicated and extensively regulated procedures, controlled by a few political actors, along with international arms customers. Since the Cold War, the defense industry has shrunk significantly in production, while increasing a few powerful giant firms that now dominate the defense business. Economic structure of the system and political forces are significant tin reform efforts, creating an inefficient system. No other book explores both the process and political dynamics of the defense acquisition system. Sorenson brings together the primary elements of the defense acquisition process, including the evolution and current structure, along with the political system and actors that influence it. Through analyzing the defense contractors that help supply the industry and the growing international arms markets that now play a significant role, he explains the role that both national interest and domestic political requirements play. Consequences of the system range from criminal activity to much more common problems of inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Sorenson argues that efforts to improve the defense acquisition system are necessary in determining the future outcome of the system.

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"Sorenson (international security studies, US Air War College) explains the complex system that supplies armaments and equipment to the US arms forces and foreign customers. He covers the evolution and current status of American defense acquisition process, the defense industrial base, the politics of weapons acquisitions, international arms sales, and reforming the process. Company profiles and primary documents are appended."

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DAVID S. SORENSON is Professor of International Security Studies at the U.S. Air War College. He has authored and co-edited numerous books and articles on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs, including his most recent work, Military Base Closure (PSI, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The defense acquisition process evolves 4

Ch. 2 The current American defense acquisition process 28

Ch. 3 The defense industrial base 66

Ch. 4 The politics of American weapons acquisition 87

Ch. 5 International arms sales and defense acquisition 126

Ch. 6 Reforming defense acquisition 142

App. I Company profiles 171

App. II Primary documents 199

Glossary 207

Index 211

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