The Government as Manager: Weapons Procurement

  • James M. Suarez
  • Seymour Melman
Part of the Social Dimensions of Economics book series (SDOE, volume 1)


A firm engaged in a major program for the Defense Department is a hybrid. Although a weapons manufacturer is ostensibly a private enterprise, to a great extent it is managed and controlled by the government, for the government determines many of the firm’s broad policies and detailed operating procedures. For a large portion of the economy the distinction between public and private enterprise has become blurred as the government has taken on a number of the decision-making functions that in a wholly private enterprise would be the prerogative of management.


Private Enterprise Government Enterprise Military Spending Weapon System Defense Department 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishing 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Suarez
    • 1
  • Seymour Melman
    • 2
  1. 1.Hunter CollegeCunyUK
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Managerial EngineeringColumbia UniversityColumbia

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