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Reasons Of State: A Military And Foreign Trade Necessity.The International Mix Of Armaments In The Build-Up Phase Of The Bundeswehr 1953–1958

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The procurement of defense material can be regarded, first, as a self- evident technical process in a security environment or, secondly, as an economic policy measure that is part of a government's fiscal framework. Essentially, the procurement of weapons serves as a means by which states can exercise their sovereignty. States defend themselves through deterrence or, when necessary, by waging war. Yet other factors sometimes play a significant role in the decisions to produce or not to produce weapons. The military-equipment industries serve a legitimate secondary goal of the state in building up and supporting certain sectors of its economy. Foreign-policy factors played the primary role in the creation of the Bundeswehr, not Germany's security policy or military objectives.

Keywords: Bundeswehr; Germany

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