Author Biography

Dr. Diane L. Maye is an assistant professor of Homeland Security and Global Conflict Studies at Embry-Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and an affiliated faculty member at George Mason University’s Center for Narrative and Conflict Resolution. She has taught courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Foreign Policy, Counterterrorism Analysis, Beginner Arabic, and Political Islam. Her major research interests include: security issues in the Middle East, U.S. defense policy, and measuring the effectiveness of counterterrorism initiatives. She previously served as a Visiting Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and as the Dean of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies at Henley-Putnam University in Santa Clara, California.



Subject Area Keywords

Development and security, Foreign policy, Global trends and risks, Globalization and global change, National security, Security policy


Globalization theorists show how downward pressure to compete and/or save costs in global markets will lead producers and consumers to source goods and services in the cheapest and most efficient manner. However, in certain sectors, such as the defense industry, security concerns and politics can overshadow economic logic when it comes to making procurement decisions. These political and security concerns keep the U.S. defense industry from using the most cost-effective supply chains and manufacturing centers, whereas in Europe, post-Cold War socioeconomic and political realities allowed for more transnational cooperation on defense procurement. Three cases serve to illustrate the spectrum between autarky and interdependence in defense procurement and how fundamental political, legal, and structural constraints prevent the U.S. defense market from becoming fully efficient.


I would like to thank Dr. Beth Eisenfeld for her constant encouragement and interest in my academic endeavors.