Motivations for Submarine Acquisitions in Asia
Hutton, Rodney E.
Lavoy, Peter R.
Eyre, Dana P.
MetadataShow full item record
Submarine acquisitions are on the rise throughout Asia. This thesis examines the national motivations behind this trend in three cases: India, China and Japan. Four hypotheses - focusing on national security, factional interests, technological momentum and institutional theory - are utilized in order to gain insight into the decision making process surrounding submarine acquisitions. The development of a conventional submarine fleet is strongly influenced by national security issues. The remaining three factors are also present in each case of submarine acquisitions, but to a much lesser degree. Indian and Chinese nuclear submarine developments are difficult to justify based solely on security threats due to the submarine's lack of strategic integration and the availability of low cost conventional submarines to cover professed strategic interests. In each case, factional interests influenced the control of the nuclear programs, while at the decision making level, nuclear submarines are perceived as an avenue to higher international standing or as a means to fulfilling the international role to which the country aspires.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The proliferation of conventionally-powered submarines: balancing U.S. Cruise missile diplomacy? The cases of India and Iran Jones, Eric R (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1997-06);The end of the Cold War has left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The ability of the United States to strike deep into the territories of most nations with impunity represents a new security threat to many ...
Schmidt, Wade H. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1992-09);This thesis presents a method to determine the capabilities of an emerging Third World submarine force. As a "'primer," it examines the major factors that contribute to operadonal readiness and military effectiveness of ...
Howes, Brian Thomas (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1992-12);The end of the Cold War has been the watershed event for changes in the international and national security environments that present tremendous implications for the US submarine force. These changes include calls for ...