STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Defence Offsets: A System-Level View

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  • July 2013
    Volume: 
    37
    Issue: 
    4
    Articles

    How effective are offsets as a means to boost a domestic defence industry? This article takes a novel approach to answering this question; examining global data on levels of defence sales over three decades as a measure of successful defence industrialisation (i.e., using the market as an indicator of success). The quantitative data points to a mixed picture as despite the ubiquity of defence offsets, they are no guarantees of success in defence industrialisation. It concludes that offsets can be an important part of a defence industrialisation strategy, but are not in themselves sufficient for success.

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