The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic, and Technological Issues

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Whether it's guns and ammunition or multidimensional anti-terrorism systems, the defense industry is dynamic, complex, and ubiquitous. It is also mysterious, powerful, and controversial, involving thousands of players worldwide—from suppliers and producers to government and military procurers to shadowy figures that trade in the black market. This comprehensive, two-volume reference will explore, on a global scale, the various issues, concepts, problems, and controversies surrounding the rise of the modern defense industry. Unparalleled in its scope and insight, The Modern Defense Industry will prove invaluable to the industry's critics and champions alike.

The phenomenon of a more-or-less permanent defense industry—especially one so wide in scale, breadth (air, sea, land, and space), technology, and geography—is still relatively new. Until now, its implications for politics, economics, and technology have not been adequately discussed in an authoritative, accessible format for scholars and researchers, business people, journalists, policymakers, and interested laymen.

The Modern Defense Industry addresses the period from 1945 to the present, covering the United States, Europe, Russia, China, Israel, and other important arms-producing and arms-procuring countries. Including essays by experts from around the world, a glossary, data on firms and governments, laws and policies, primary documents, case studies, and a host of other elements, this set will be a unique resource for anyone interested in the arms industry. It will also offer penetrating insights into topics like international relations and diplomacy, arms proliferation, and contemporary politics.

Volume I comprises chapters by experts in the field on topics like the relationship between the industry, military, and government; how new modes of warfare are changing the industry; the implications of globalization on the industry; the black and gray areas of the arms trade; and much more. Volume II features an extensive A-Z glossary of terms, lists of defense firms and government agencies, annotated primary documents, lists of leading defense contractors and key weapons systems, an analysis of key legislation, and professional organizations.

The Modern Defense Industry sets the standard for state of the art overviews of an industry that has, for better or worse, come to infuse nearly every aspect of world affairs in the early twenty-first century.

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"The 15 chapters of this volume offer up-to-date analysis of the current issues and status of the global arms industry. Issues addressed include how the defense industries are being globalized, the hierarchy of defense producers and their imitators, global small arms industry, and the impact of information technology. Five of the chapters address regional industries in the US, China, Russia, Europe, and emerging industries. The material is accessible to college students and the general reader and useful for its presentation of current research in the field. Several appendices provide names and terms, information about related organizations, and key defense companies."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994754
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Challenges Facing the Global Arms Industry in the 21st Century Richard A. Bitzinger 1

Part I The Defense Industry in a Global Context

2 Developments in the Global Arms Industry from the End of the Cold War to the mid-2000s J. Paul Dunne 13

3 The Defense Iron Triangle Revisited Ron Matthews Curie Maharani 38

4 Power, Influence, and Hierarchy: Defense Industries in a Unipolar World Stephanie G. Neuman 60

5 The Evolution of International Defense Hierarchies Philip Finnegan 95

6 The Globalization of Defense Industries Keith Hayward 107

7 The Role, Promise, and Challenges of Dual-Use Technologies in National Defense Kathleen A. Walsh 123

Part II The Defense Industry: Regional Perspectives

8 The Revolution in Military Affairs, Transformation, and the U.S. Defense Industry Peter Dombrowski Andrew L. Ross 153

9 The European Defense Industry in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses Richard A. Bitzinger 175

10 The Russian Defense Industry 1991-2008: From the Collapse of the Former Soviet Union to the Global Financial Crisis Eugene Kogan 196

11 Arms and Autonomy: The Limits of Chinas Defense-Industrial Transformation J. D. Kenneth Boutin 212

12 Emerging Defense Industries: Prospects and Implications J. D. Kenneth Boutin 227

Part III The Defense Industry and the Arms Trade

13 Export Controls and Their Relationship to National Defense Industries Francis Cevasco 243

14 Offsets and International Industrial Participation Bernard Udis 257

15 The Global Small Arms Industry: Transformed by War and Society Aaron Karp 272

Appendix I Key Defense-Industrial and Arms Trade-Related Terms J. D.Kenneth Boutin 293

Appendix II Organizations, Associations, Legislation, and Initiatives Relating to the Defense Industry and the Arms Trade Curie Mahamni 325

Appendix III Key Defense Companies Richard A. Bitzinger 341

Index 357

About the Contributors 371

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