The Cost-Effectiveness of Armored Tactical Wheeled Vehicles for Overseas U.S. Army Operations
Naval Postgraduate School
July 13, 2011
This study uses For Official Use Only data on U.S. military operations to evaluate the large-scale Army policies to replace relatively light Type 1 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWVs) with more heavily protected Type 2 variants and later to replace Type 2s with more heavily protected Type 3s. We find that Type 2 TWVs reduced fatalities at $1.1 million to $24.6 million per life saved, with our preferred cost estimates falling below the $7.5 million cost-effectiveness threshold, and did not reduce fatalities for administrative and support units. We find that replacing Type 2 with Type 3 TWVs did not appreciably reduce fatalities and was not cost-effective.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Tactical Vehicles, Military, VSL, Fatalities, Army
JEL Classification: H56, J17, D24, J24, L11working papers series
Date posted: August 25, 2011
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