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1st Edition

Defense Procurement In The Federal Republic Of Germany
Politics And Organization

ISBN 9780429040566
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1986. Based on the theme that defense procurement serves as an instrument of alliance and domestic politics, this book provides the first comprehensive analysis of post-war West German approaches to and experience with procurement strategies. Dr. Cowen explores how successive German governments have used military procurement to facilitate the rehabilitation of the new West German state and later to consolidate the German position within the alliance. The author shows that by the mid-1970s the Federal Republic had succeeded in its procurement policy, acting as a serious partner for defense projects in Europe and building a flourishing defense industry. The book's final chapters describe the structural tensions between competing procurement objectives that have recently emerged. The FRG must decide whether to continue to maintain a whole range of defense industrial capacities or to specialize nationally and purchase other necessary commodities in the United States. According to the author, national specialization is not seriously considered by the German government. Such a step, the author suggests, would diminish Germany's role in the alliance and jeopardize one of its foremost foreign policy goals: equality with Great Britain and France

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Rearmament And Defense Procurement 1955-1962 Chapter Two: Bundeswehr Planning And Procurement Planning 1955-1970. Chapter Three: The Reform Of The Procurement Sector Chapter Four: Procurement Principles And Policy Chapter Five: The Defense Industry, Chapter Six: Defense Export, Defense Collaboration, And The Procurement Organization, Conclusion

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Regina H.e. Cowen