Arms, Decision-Making and Information Technology

  • Allan M. Din
Part of the Studies in Disarmament and Conflicts book series (SDC)


Historically, the technological arms race has often been claimed to be the main reason for the world finding itself in a permanent condition of extreme over-armament accompanied by a constant threat of cataclysmic nuclear confrontation. While there is certainly some truth in this claim, it has had the unfortunate result of attaching a distinctly negative connotation to technology when measures attempting to control and curtail the arms race are discussed. Some technologies have a very narrow military field of application and may therefore justifiably be subjected to criticism within the context of arms control. Other technologies, especially nuclear weapon and nuclear energy technologies, require a more elaborate arms control assessment. Finally, there are technologies which have both important weapon system applications and a potential for furthering arms control and treaty verification.


Expert System Weapon System Defense Advance Research Project Agency North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Satellite Monitoring 
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© Unione Scienzati per il Disarmo Convegno Internazionale 1989

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