dovetailing peace: technological convergence in the defence and aerospace industries

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2001

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