This book examines the market potential of reusing defense industrial plants to produce civilian products within the one- to two-year period called for by economic conversion proponents. It reviews the conversion approaches in western Europe and programs for displaced workers. .
1. Introduction 2. Defense Spending in the Economy 3. Adjustment and Conversion Policy Issues 4. Defense-Related Employment for Selected Weapon Systems 5. Community Economic Adjustment to Defense Industrial Cutbacks 6. Military Base Civilian Reuse Experience 7. corporate Diversification and conversion Experience 8. European conversion Experience 9. Industrial Plant Reuse and Conversion 10. Normal Industrial Plant Redevelopment Process 11. Civilian Market Opportunities for Defense Industry 12. State-Local Economic Development Programs 13. Worker Assistance and Placement Experience 14. Conversion: A Dead-End Strategy? 15. Conclusion: Dealing with Major Plant Closures