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Military Technology and Defense Manpower

Military Technology and Defense Manpower
By Martin Binkin
144 pp, Brookings, 1986
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An important but not widely recognized question is well addressed in this short study. The planned new military technologies, especially the conventional weapons for the 1990s, are much more complex and sophisticated than today's. Will enough skilled technicians and specialists to man these systems be available from a diminishing supply of recruits able to absorb the necessary training? Binkin does not believe that substituting civilians in some defense tasks will solve the problem. He would recommend fielding less complex and more reliable systems so as to make the military needs fit the available manpower.