The increasing size and international character of many defence companies and the growing development of dual use technologies for both military and civil purposes poses a number of important questions: does defence industry have a distinct identity; if so, what are its defining features; to what extent does a country need a defence industry; and how should governments interact with defence...
Any consideration of military operations in the mid-to-late twentieth century should be tempered by logistical realities. For those nations who enjoy immediate territorial security, their national interests in the use of military force is often of a diffuse and geographically distant nature.
This Whitehall Paper reviews the new Ministry of Defence (MoD) procedure for Combined Operational Effectiveness and Investment Appraisal (COEIA) studies and the role of these studies in MoD procurement of defence equipment, and discusses some possible developments in that procedure.
In 1990 RUSI brought out Whitehall paper 6, entitled 1992: Protectionism or Collaboration in Defence Procurement. Much of its substance remains valid three years on, since the process of streamlining it describes in the defence industries predates the Single European Act and continues without strict regard to the new competition affecting the wider market.