THE DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM: COMPETITOR OR COMPLEMENT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR?

This study examines the problem of how best to meet Department of Defense transportation requirements in an era of constricted defense budgets. The recurring question addressed in this study is whether the Department of Defense can rely entirely upon the private sector for its peacetime and contingency transportation needs or whether is needs some capability of its own. (It is assumed that in a full mobilization all U.S. transportation assets would come under the direct operational control of one or more agencies of the federal government.) This issue has been raised indirectly by industry spokesmen, members of Congress, and officials within the executive branch of the federal government since the end of World War II. It is posed directly and explicitly in this study. Components of the defense transportation system are examined in separate chapters. There are also discussions of the merchant marine as a naval auxiliary, of intermodal transportation, and of naval shipyards as a part of our peacetime mobilization base. Concluding chapters summarize these analyses and ofter recommendations and suggestions. An examination of the historical background of the present defense transportation system is also offered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

    1150 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Whitehurst Jr, C H
  • Publication Date: 1976-10

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 162 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156821
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1977 12:00AM