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How Export Controls Defend the National Interest

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Publication Date: June 1987

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Wayne A. Abernathy

Topic: Military and defense (National security)
Trade (Export-import trade)

Keywords: Trade and foreign aid

Type: Report

Abstract:

If the U.S. seeks to be secure, it must choose between the costs of an effective export control system and dramatically increased defense spending. If the U.S. is not going to maintain its technological edge, then it will have to balance the Warsaw Pact in numbers. The Israelis, who rely on Western arms against overwhelmng numerical odds, have shown that the technological edge can make the essential difference on the battlefield.