Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
New Weapons, Old Politics: America's Military Procurement Muddle (Paperback)
  • New Weapons, Old Politics: America's Military Procurement Muddle (Paperback)

New Weapons, Old Politics: America's Military Procurement Muddle (Paperback)

Paperback 262 Pages / Published: 30/06/1989
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Americans spend more than $100 billion a year to buy weapons, but no one likes the process that brings these weapons into existence. The problem, McNaugher shows, is that the technical needs of engineers and military planners clash sharply with the political demands of Congress. McNaugher examines weapons procurement since World War II and shows how repeated efforts to improve weapons acquisition have instead increased the harmful intrusion of political pressures into that technical development and procurement process.

Today's weapons are more complicated than their predecessors. So are the nation's military forces. The design of new systems and their integration into the force structure demand more care, time, and flexibility. Yet time and flexibility are precisely what political pressures remove from the acquisitions process.

In a series of case studies and conceptual discussions, McNaugher tackles concerns at the heart of the debate about acquisition the slow and heavily bureaucratic approach to development, the preference for ultimate weapons over well-organized and trained forces, and the counterproductive incentives facing the nation's defense firms. He calls for changes that run against the current fashion less centralization or procurement, less haste in developing new weapons, and greater use of competition as a means of removing the development process from political oversight.

Above all, McNaugher shows how the United States tries to buy research and development on the cheap, and how costly this has been. The nation can improve its acquisition process, he concludes, only when it recognizes the need to pay for the full exploration of new technology.

Publisher: Brookings Institution
ISBN: 9780815756255
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

Added to basket
As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela
Added to basket
War Against the People
Added to basket
The Gun Debate
Added to basket
The Shadow World
Added to basket


Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.