Resource Allocations and Future Weapon Systems

by David Novick

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A 1959 study of the impact of past and future Defense Department expenditures on the Gross National Product. The costs of current (1958) and future weapon systems are described in terms of three cost categories: research, development, test and evaluation; initial investment; and annual operation. Total systems costs as well as the costs of individual systems are examined, and a pattern of expenditures is projected which indicates that a larger portion of funds will be spent on R&D and on investment in future USAF weapon systems. The major result of this shift in spending will be seen in the choice of weapon systems available for procurement in future periods. Further, the repertory of available systems will be the result of cost allocations made in the preceding 5 to 10 year period.

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