Responding To Defense Dependence

Responding To Defense Dependence

by Erik Pages
     
 

The 1970s and 1980s witnessed growing concern in the United States regarding the relative decline of the American economy and, for defense planners, the military's growing dependence on foreign production of weapons' parts and subcomponents—the guts of many critical weapons systems. The period also witnessed growing interest in industrial policy as a tool for

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The 1970s and 1980s witnessed growing concern in the United States regarding the relative decline of the American economy and, for defense planners, the military's growing dependence on foreign production of weapons' parts and subcomponents—the guts of many critical weapons systems. The period also witnessed growing interest in industrial policy as a tool for promoting U.S. international competitiveness, defense sectors proving to be particularly attractive candidates for government economic intervention. This study traces the evolution of defense dependence and the U.S. government's response to this dilemma by examining policy ideas and experiments in four defense industries—machine tools, semiconductor manufacturing, ball bearings, and high-definition television technologies—explaining successes and failures, and reviewing prospects for expansion.

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Not a 12-step program to help governments or companies kick habits they fell into during the Cold War, but an investigation into how those habits can be maintained. Documents how the US government is buying an increasing share of military supplies from other countries; analyzes the economic impact on the machine-tool, semiconductor, and bearings industries; and addresses the extent to which concern for the health of domestic industry should outweigh any financial savings for the military. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275953133
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/20/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

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