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The Economics of Defense Industry: Contemporary Prospects and Challenges

Thomas-Durell Young

This book on the economics of defence industry assesses a series of historical and contemporary case studies that consistently demonstrate the need for governments to recognise, and thereafter factor, the financial needs of a narrow industrial sector that is capital intensive, technologically advanced and that requires a highly skilled labour force.

Since the end of the cold war, Western governments have systematically reduced financial support to their domestic defence industry and have seemingly ignored planning and funding industrial mobilisation. In all cases, government policy has been to encourage industries to consolidate capacity to become financially viable in a sector that has seen diminished demand. The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused Western governments to reassess their previous assumptions. Efforts to increase industrial capacity have been met with the iron laws of economics whereby businesses need to show return on investments. The chapters in this volume posit that efforts to rationalise industrial capacity and innovation to meet short-term financial efficiencies, inevitably results in limited, expensive, and long delays in increased production in times of international crisis.

This book serves as an essential guide for academics, researchers and students interested in defence economics, industrial economics, international relations, and industrial policy. The chapters in this book were originally published in various issues of Defense & Security Analysis.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Oct 17th, 2023
  • Pages: 228
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032510644
  • Categories: Military - General

About the Author

Thomas-Durell Young is Senior Academic Advisor at President's Office at the Defense Security Cooperation University, Washington, DC, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Defense & Security Analysis. His latest book is Anatomy of Post-Communist European Defense Institutions: The Mirage of Military Modernity (2017).