publication . Article . 2011

Slowing down to keep the lead in military technology

Leo J. Blanken; Jason J. Lepore;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2011
Abstract
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10242694.2010.491675 We develop a model of military technology competition among states. States can choose to introduce new military technology, mimic rivals’ level of technology, or withdraw from the contest. States can choose to implement any level of technology within their current feasible technologies. We find that states with significant technological leads should sometimes withhold new technologies, only strategically releasing them to trump rivals’ efforts. We develop the model by refining Admiral Jackie Fisher’s roughly articulated concept of ‘plunging’. We then use this refine...
Subjects
free text keywords: technology diffusion, quolitative arms races, conventional force structure planning, weapons development, Economics and Econometrics, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Law, CONTEST, Engineering, business.industry, business, Law and economics, Force structure, Military technology, Emerging technologies, First world war
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