Systems Analysis in British Defence Policy Making: Some Achievements and Limitations

  • J. W. Gibson


In the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1973,1 it is claimed that operational analysis studies ‘concerned with objective choice between alternative options … have been increasingly applied to questions of defence strategy and to the major policy decisions which face NATO. They continue to help in solving problems of resource allocation within the Defence Budget, particularly in the equipment field’. This paper examines the statement, in particular, the application of analysis to resource allocation and discusses in general terms the record of achievement and failure. It makes reference to data published in the Defence Estimates, papers issued by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)2 and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).3


Military Expenditure Weapon System Military Capability Defence Budget Warsaw Pact 
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© National Defence College 1976

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