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Citation

Kuenne RE. Defence economics 1993; 4(3): 239-247.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1993, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/10430719308404763

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The design of military posture is an exercise in confronting potential enemies' capabilities within the context of geographic, technological, temporal, political and economic constraints. No formal model is capable of encapsulating the essentials of so complex an environment for closed or simulated analysis, but it is useful to have an informal framework within which to reason interactively within these dimensions.

This paper presents such a scaffolding, patterned on the notion of a military posture as the output of an economic process whose structure reflects important determinants of the characteristics and extents of weaponry and expenditures that are appropriate to the environment within the feasibility set determined by the constraints. The analysis remains at an abstract level, but it does highlight the important shifts toward preparation for littoral warfare, greater reliance on reserve rather than active forces, and necessary changes in missions among military departments.

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