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

Published: 2010-03-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2009/NPS-AM-09-149.pdf

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.