Accession Number : ADA297912

Title :   The Technological Fix: Weapons and the Cost of War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Roland, Alex

PDF Url : ADA297912

Report Date : 06 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The author argues that the problems facing the Army as it transitions into Force XXI during a time of constrained budgets are not new. The idea that technology can be leveraged to make up for shortfalls in numbers--troops, weapons, or dollars--is appealing. The author uses three case studies drawn from the past to demonstrate how technology has been used in one way or another to the advantage of one side or to lessen the impact of the opponent's technology. However, technological solutions tend to generate forces that are difficult to reverse or redirect, and there is always the danger of pursuing a technological dead end; the supersonic transport, the "atomic', airplane, and transparent steel being among the most notable recent examples.

Descriptors :   *WEAPONS, *COSTS, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, WARFARE, CASE STUDIES, COLD WAR, ARMY BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE