The Role of Trans-Atlantic Defense Alliances in a Globalizing World
Report Number: NPS-AM-09-149
Series: Acquisition Management
Category: Defense Industrial Base (DIB)
Report Series: Sponsored Report
Authors: Nayantara Hensel
Title: The Role of Trans-Atlantic Defense Alliances in a Globalizing World
Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program
Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Research Type: NPS Faculty
Keywords: Defense manufacturers, weapons systems costs, formation of alliances.
Abstract:The purpose of this analysis is to discuss the importance of linkages between US and European defense manufacturers with the emergence of the common global threat of terrorism, the greater price sensitivity of governments concerning weapons systems costs, and the shrinkage of defense budgets. The article discusses the reasons behind the formation of alliances between US and European defense contractors, examines several case studies of alliances, assesses some of the patterns in alliance formation, and analyzes the potential for trans-Atlantic alliances between defense contractors in the future.