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Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?: Military Procurement and Technology Development

Vernon W. Ruttan


Military and defense-related procurement has been an important source of technology development across a broad spectrum of industries that account for an important share of U.S. industrial production. This book focuses on six general-purpose technologies: interchangeable parts and mass production, military and commercial aircraft, nuclear energy and electric power, computers and semiconductors, the Internet, and the space industries. It addresses three questions that have significant implications for the future growth of the U.S. economy: Will changes in the structure of the U.S. economy and o ... More

Keywords: research, development, procurement, general-purpose technology, commercial technology, military, defense, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195188047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vernon W. Ruttan, author
University of Minnesota (Emeritus)
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