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Eminent defense officials, scholars, and military officers offer a thoughtful, comprehensive, and well balanced evaluation of U.S. defense technology in this highly-informative volume. They carefully analyze such difficult questions as: What technologies should be pursued and for what purposes? How should these technologies be pursued and integrated into U.S. defense posture? What are the implications of America's increasing reliance on advanced technology? Throughout the book, the contributors provide cogent answers to these questions and more as they seek to illuminate understanding, clarify debates, and promote contributions of advanced technology to U.S. defense and security. Defense Technology offers both the interested citizen and the serious student of U.S. national security affairs a broad range of reasonable positions on the problems, prospects, and consequences of America's reliance on advanced technology in its national defense.

In its six comprehensive parts, Defense Technology offers vital information on its controversial topic. Part One introduces the role of technology in U.S. national security. Next, the contributors set the context of defense technology: its importance, its context in U.S. approaches to foreign and defense policy, its implications in international affairs, and the dilemmas it poses for U.S. policymakers. Part Three and Four present assessments of opportunities for exploiting advanced technologies in both strategic and conventional military force capabilities. In part five, experts examine various approaches for organizing and managing the development and integration of defense technology into the U.S. defense sector. The final part offers insights into the broad implications that emerge from the conclusions about these important questions.

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Editorial Reviews

This collection of articles examines the development, application, and implications of technology for weapons systems, tactics, and politial policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275930783
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ASA A. CLARK IV is a Colonel in the U.S. Army and Professor of international affairs in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

JOHN F. LILLEY is a Leutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and formerly an Assistant Professor of international affairs in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Table of Contents


National Security: The Role of Technology

The Role of Technology in U.S. National Security: An Introduction

Implications of Defense Technology

Defense Technology

U.S. Strategic Culture: Implications for Defense

An International Perspective: Technology, Arms Races, and the Distribution of Power

A Domestic Perspective: Technology Transfers, U.S. Interests, and Policy

Technology and Strategic Forces

Technology Trends and Strategic Forces

Technology and Conventional Forces

High Technology and Land Warfare

NATO and Follow-on forces Attack

Emerging Technology in the Alliance: A Critique

Technology and Air Forces

Technology and Maritime Forces

Managing Defense Technology

The Defense Technology Community: Players and Roles

Managing Defense Technology: Problems and Needed Changes

Defense Resource Allocation

Managing Public Sector Research and Development: Innovation versus Responsiveness

An Alliance Approach to Defense Technology

Technology: Master or Servant?

Defense Technology: Conclusions and Implications

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