Defense Reform And Technology / Edition 1

Defense Reform And Technology / Edition 1

by Serge B. Herzog
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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Defense Reform And Technology / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275946289
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

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The Debate

The Case of Tactical Fighter Aircraft

From Versatility to Supportability

Reformers and Air Combat History

The Nineties and Beyond

Appendix A: F-16 Program Evolution and Performance Characteristics

Appendix B: F-16 Data Analysis


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