Se Young Kim

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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Stanley Griffis, PhD


The purpose of this research was to explore the various factors that contribute to ROK’s decision making in procurement of foreign countries defense articles. South Korea is one of the largest weapon purchasers from the U.S. and needs a more self-reliant defense force that can maintain its security with its own authority under the current cease-fire situation. Thus, this study focused on identifying the main factors to consider in deciding whether to purchase a major defense weapon system from other countries. Through the interview of experts who participated in specific weapon programs, thirteen specific factors were evaluated including Interoperability, Offset valuation, Mission performance capability, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), Lifecycle, Timely Deployment, Depot Maintenance, National Security, U.S.-ROK Alliance, Northeast Asia Strategy, Defense Budget Levels, ROK Political Environments and Trends in Public Opinion in order to explain what the essential elements in the process of ROK’s decision making are. The focus of this thesis is to identify the critical factors to support foreign weapon programs. Finally, this study revealed that mission performance capability, interoperability, integrated logistics support, and offset valuation were primary considerations in the process of ROK’s decision-making. This information will provide valuable lessons learned which can be applied to future ROK military defense procurement.

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