Military Technology and Defense Manpower (Paperback)Martin Binkin (author)
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Martin Binkin looks at the complex issues from several angles, starting with skill levels and jobs in today's military. He profiles America's arsenal in the 1990s and examines the implications of electronic warfare for manpower needs. Links among hardware complexity, reliability, and maintenance are unraveled, and current demographic trends traced.
The study assesses various policy options available to hedge against the possibility that the military could become squeezed between growing demands for technologically adept people and a declining supply of recruits. Among these are efforts to design simpler systems with more reliable engineering techniques. Binkin reviews ways to make weapons easier to maintain, stressing component accessibility, technical documentation, and automated diagnostics. He covers the use of advanced technology to prepare people to handle new systems. Finally, he discusses the principal manpower management alternatives expanding the role of women, substituting civilians, retaining more personnel, and returning to conscription.
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
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