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An Overview of Defense Conversion in Ukraine

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Release date: 1997-05

It has become widely recognized that defense conversion is not merely a theory, but a practical policy instrument and process requiring planning and management. Accordingly, practical guidelines for implementing successful conversion policies are necessary, and this study seeks to support that aim by examining how conversion is played out in a single country–Ukraine. The paper reviews and analyses the data available on defense conversion in Ukraine across the six issue areas identified by BICC: reallocation of financial resources, reorientation of military
research and development (R&D), defense industry restructuring, demobilization and reintegration of personnel employed by the armed forces, reallocation of military bases and installations, and alternative use and scrapping of surplus weapons.