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The Diffusion of Advanced Weaponry: Technologies, Regional Implications, and Responses
The Diffusion of Advanced Weaponry: Technologies, Regional Implications, and Responses
Edited by W. Thomas Wander, Eric H. Arnett, and Paul Bracken
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994, 391 pp

This is a mixed bag of essays that grew out of three workshops sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many of the essays are short (ten pages long) and serve merely to restate, in nondescript prose, national perspectives on regional security matters -- a consequence, it appears, of the relentlessly multinational character of the study's organization. Surprisingly, the technical discussion is rather thin, with the exception of a review of cruise missile and armor developments, although some of the essays (Paul Bracken's on command and control technology in the developing world, for example) are suggestive.