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Knowledgeable explains why the protection wishes of the twenty-first century require a metamorphosis of the protection of the 20th century.
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4 5. The Lack of an Industrial Base to Match Changing Needs Flexibility in restructuring and in responding to changing demands will be essential for the defense industrial base in the twenty-first century. It must be focused on items that will be needed in a crisis, including unmanned vehicles, precision weapons, enhanced intelligence equipment, spare parts, and protection for people and equipment. What makes this planning particularly difficult is the rapidly changing nature of technology in the twenty-first century (both in the commercial world and in the military world, which must adapt to the changing technology that is used by adversaries).
In addition, the DoD was facing increasing maintenance costs because its equipment was old and worn out and the costs of spare parts were rising (the air force’s costs per flying hour went up over 40 percent in seven years). 6 Procurement of major systems Ships Aircraft Tanks 1985 1990 1995 29 943 720 20 511 448 6 127 0 Source: Loren Thompson, National Security Studies, Georgetown University, April 21, 1995. 36 At the end of the cold war, Russia and a number of the other former Soviet Union states still had large arsenals (particularly of strategic nuclear weapons).
S. R&D is typically three to four times as large as all of Europe combined. Moreover, the Department of Defense has more than 3 million employees and more than sixty thousand buildings. 4 trillion in assets and liabilities,9 and supports an industrial base with the direct labor of over 4 million people. It also has a huge indirect effect on the economy that provides goods and services to the over 7 million government and industry employees, plus their retirees and dependents. Although the historic trends through World War II were for the United States to disarm after each major conflict, in over forty years of the cold war and continuing into “the long war on terrorism” of the twenty-first century, there has been a sustained level of significant defense expenditures, which is expected to continue in the coming years.
Democracy's Arsenal: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry by Jacques S. Gansler