Reassessing the "Guns and Butter" Debate: The role of Military Revolutions and Defense Industry Innovation in Contemporary Spatial Development

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    Abstract

    The role played by innovation and knowledge in fostering development in contemporary society is today unquestionable. However, knowledge is not a key-factor merely in the economic realm. In recent years there has been an intense debate as to the nature of changes inside the military establishment, which is greatly transforming weapon systems, strategic doctrines, and the military organization as a whole. This study analyses the affects of this Revolution in Military Affairs on the international defense industry. The attention given to innovation in the defense industry is a prime concern to manufacturers, military establishments, and governments. We conclude that R&D and innovation in the defense sector play an important part in many countries National Innovation System (NIS) and spatial development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89
    Number of pages111
    JournalAURORA Geography Journal
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Defense Industry
    • Revolution in Military Affairs
    • Innovation
    • Spatial Development
    • Political Geography

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