From the Mundane to the Sophisticated

Matthew Ford

in Weapon of Choice

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780190623869
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190686574 | DOI:
From the Mundane to the Sophisticated

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This chapter asks whether it is possible to draw analogies between mundane and sophisticated technology. The previous chapters have explored different dimensions of innovation across multiple contexts. The conclusion drawn here is that future investigations into innovation will also need to consider the range of contexts and actors engaged in more sophisticated socio–technical change if we are to properly understand the distribution of power across the military–industrial complex. Only by making this effort will we be able to expose the countervailing interests that make up the process of weapon selection and, as a result, develop more democratically accountable strategic choices.

Keywords: Power; Strategic Choice; Democratic Control

Chapter.  4553 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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