Defense spending databases for countries in the Asia-Pacific Region: an analysis and comparison
Reuning, Charles R.
Doyle, Richard B.
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The purpose of this research was to identify and analyze a select number of unclassified databases that cover defense spending and other defense related criteria for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. A thorough search was first conducted for databases with defense information on countries in the Asia- Pacific region. Initial sorting criteria were identified and applied to create a list of databases to be evaluated in detail. These databases were then evaluated and discussed in detail using additional evaluation criteria that were developed. Conclusions were then drawn, and recommendations made, for the best databases to be used by defense and policy analysts in the future. This research recommended the following databases. For defense spending information, the Australian Defense Intelligence Organization's Defense Economic Trends in the Asia-Pacific 1999 was recommended. For defense capabilities information, the International Strategic Studies Association's Defense and Foreign Affairs Handbook was recommended. For arms sales and transfers information, the SIPRI yearbook was recommended for use. The best all around defense database on the Asia-Pacific region was judged to be the International Institute of Strategic Studies' Military Balance 2000/2001.
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