An ''Adequate Insurance'' Approach to Critical Dependencies of the Department of Defense

by Benjamin Zycher, Kenneth A. Solomon, Loren Yager

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 2.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback43 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

The worldwide operations of the Department of Defense (DoD) inevitably include dependence upon both domestic and foreign sources of raw materials, equipment, inputs, components, technology and associated expertise, and other important goods. This report develops and illustrates a method for analyzing "vulnerabilities" purportedly yielded by foreign and domestic dependencies. It discusses the nature of "insurance" in this context and examines the distinction between "dependence" and "vulnerability." The authors identify signs of potential vulnerability for which the DoD should be alert. Under some conditions, ironically, domestic dependencies yield greater vulnerability than foreign ones. They then examine four dependence examples — tritium, surface acoustic wave technology, dynamic random access memory chips, and high-density television — as a means of illustrating the method they developed and of gaining insights into the critical relationships.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.