chapter  10
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The Teeth of the Little Tigers: Offsets, Defense Production and Economic Development in South Korea and Taiwan

With the end of the Cold War, popular support in most Western countries (especially Europe and the United States) for large military-industrial complexes capable of sustaining a global war effort has receded. As a result, Western defense industries have entered into an extended period of contraction and rationalization, as they support reduced military forces, produce fewer systems overall, and suspend development of new programs. This inevitably will lead to declines in defense industrial capacities in most Western nations, even as various capitals seek to assure sufficient military capabilities to deal with future challenges.