Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?: Military Procurement by Vernon W. Ruttan

By Vernon W. Ruttan

army and defense-related procurement has been an enormous resource of know-how improvement throughout a large spectrum of industries that account for a huge proportion of usa business construction. during this ebook, the writer makes a speciality of six general-purpose applied sciences: interchangeable components and mass creation; army and advertisement plane; nuclear strength and electrical energy; pcs and semiconductors; the net; and the gap industries. In every one of those industries, expertise improvement might have happened extra slowly, and in a few case even more slowly or on no account, within the absence of army and defense-related procurement.

The publication addresses 3 questions that experience major implications for the longer term progress of the USA economic climate. One is whether or not alterations within the constitution of the U.S. financial system and of the defense-industrial base avoid army and defense-related procurement from enjoying the function within the improvement of complicated know-how sooner or later, reminiscent of the position it has performed some time past. A moment query is whether or not public aid for commercially orientated learn and improvement turns into an incredible resource of recent general-purpose applied sciences. a 3rd and extra aggravating query is whether or not an immense struggle, or the specter of significant warfare, may be essential to mobilize the medical, technical, and fiscal assets essential to set off the advance of latest general-purpose technologies.

When the heritage of usa know-how improvement within the subsequent part century is written, it is going to specialize in incremental instead of progressive adjustments in either army and advertisement know-how. it is going to even be written in the context of slower productiveness progress than of the fairly excessive premiums that prevailed within the usa within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties or throughout the details expertise bubble that begun within the early Nineteen Nineties. those will impose serious constraints at the skill of the us to maintain a global-class army posture and a place of management within the international economy.

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