Assessments and the B-l bomber network

Bert Enserink, Wim A. Smit, Boelie Elzen

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    In current practice arms control focuses on (non) deployment of specific weapon systems rather than on their development. Although the far reaching implications of military technological innovations are widely recognized, many analysts and politicians consider research and development as a process that is outside the scope of arms control. This article analyzes certain episodes in the development of the B-l bomber to illustrate that, for effective arms control, the R&D phase cannot be ignored. The contours of an approach to the analysis of weapon innovations are sketched, that can be used as the backbone for the development of a methodfor arms control assessments. It is argued that, when such assessments are made an integral part of weapon innovation processes, they can be used as an important instrument for arms control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235-254
    Number of pages20
    JournalProject appraisal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1990


    • Weapon systems
    • Arms control assessments
    • International security


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