Arms, Decision-Making and Information Technology
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.
KeywordsExpert System Weapon System Defense Advance Research Project Agency North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Satellite Monitoring
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