The Resource Star wars : a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology, George L. Donohue

Star wars : a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology, George L. Donohue

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Star wars : a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology
Title
Star wars
Title remainder
a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology
Statement of responsibility
George L. Donohue
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Language
eng
Summary
This report presents a case study of how marginal-cost analysis can be used to influence investment decisions, not only in deciding whether to procure a major weapon system, but also how to invest R & D dollars for maximum potential leverage in the long run. The case involves the strategic defense system that the United States examined in the mid-1980s, following President Reagan's "Star Wars" speech of March 1983. The analysis presented here addresses the relative costs to the defender and the attacker in a race in which attackers added re-entry vehicles and defenders added interceptors. The initial results, based on the technology necessary for near-term deployments (by the year 2004), were very unfavorable. Subsequent analysis considered a variety of plausible technological breakthroughs and highlighted the potential value of what came to be called "brilliant pebbles," although great uncertainty remained about whether a favorable marginal cost ratio could be obtained. While not a complete policy analysis, the study is an important example of systems analysis: it affected policy at the time by tempering the claims of strategic defense enthusiasts and channeling R & D and architecture studies in fruitful directions
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Donohue, George L
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • UG743
  • T1
LC item number
  • .D663 1994
  • .R23 MR-483
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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Rand Corporation
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  • Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Space warfare
  • Military policy
  • Space warfare
  • Strategic Defense Initiative
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Star wars : a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology, George L. Donohue
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"MR-483-RC"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (p. 49-51)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
iii, 51 pages
Isbn
9780833015761
Lccn
95118956
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31283793
  • (OCoLC)ocm31283793
Label
Star wars : a case study of marginal cost analysis and weapon system technology, George L. Donohue
Publication
Note
"MR-483-RC"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (p. 49-51)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
iii, 51 pages
Isbn
9780833015761
Lccn
95118956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31283793
  • (OCoLC)ocm31283793

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