Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 4

Military R&D after the Cold War

Conversion and Technology Transfer in Eastern and Western Europe

Editors: Gummett, P., Boutoussov, M., Farkas, J., Rip, A. (Eds.)

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Countries establish defence industries for various reasons. Chief among these are usually a concern with national security, and a desire to be as independent as possible in the supply of the armaments which they believe they need. But defence industries are different from most other industries. Their customer is governments. Their product is intended to safeguard the most vital interests of the state. The effectiveness of these products (in the real, rather than the experimental sense) is not normally tested at the time of purchase. If, or when, it is tested, many other factors (such as the quality of political and military leadership) enter into the equation, so complicating judgments about the quality of the armaments, and about the reliability of the promises made by the manufacturers. All of these features make the defence sector an unusually political industrial sector. This has been true in both the command economies of the former Soviet Union and its satellites, and in the market or mixed economies of the west. In both cases, to speak only a little over-generally, the defence sector has been particularly privileged and particularly protected from the usual economic vicissitudes. In both cases, too, its centrality to the perceived vital interests of the state has given it an unusual degree of political access and support.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Conversion Strategies in Eastern Europe and the former USSR: a thematic overview

    Boutoussov, Mikhail

    Pages 1-32

  • West European defence industrial policy after the Cold War

    Gummett, Philip

    Pages 33-49

  • Concepts Of Military Technology: Contesting the boundaries between the civilian and the military

    Cronberg, Tarja

    Pages 51-62

  • New Challenges after the Cold War

    Farkas, János

    Pages 63-72

  • Shock Therapy — Is There Really No Alternative?

    Redfern, Paul

    Pages 73-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Military R&D after the Cold War
Book Subtitle
Conversion and Technology Transfer in Eastern and Western Europe
Editors
  • Philip Gummett
  • Mikhail Boutoussov
  • Janos Farkas
  • Arie Rip
Series Title
Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 4
Series Volume
6
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1730-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1730-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4139-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7275-5
Series ISSN
1383-7176
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 202
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