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Dovetailing peace: technological convergence in the defence and aerospace industries

Jordi Molas‐Gallart (SPRU, the Centre for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RF, UK)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 August 2001

Abstract

Military technology is traditionally shrouded in secrecy. Even joint research between allies can be a marriage of convenience. But with the end of the Cold War and greater European integration, the technological landscape is changing, and a closer interface is emerging between military and civilian technologies. A worldwide stagnation in defence spending is accelerating the take‐up of commercial off‐the‐shelf technologies, while in the aerospace sector, the factors of safety and the environment are becoming at least as important as cost.

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Molas‐Gallart, J. (2001), "Dovetailing peace: technological convergence in the defence and aerospace industries", Foresight, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 309-320. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680110803184

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