STIA-393 Technology and Security
Fall for 2013-2014
Weapons technology has historically threatened the security of political entities even as they have relied on it for their survival. The relationship between security and technology is inherently political. Security related technology is most often selected, invested in, developed, deployed, restrained and retired on the basis of domestic politics and/or international political considerations. Conversely, access to and exploitation of technology has an enormous impact on the internal politics and external political influence of a state by framing its identity, expectations, demand power, institutional role and structural position within international society.
The triangular relationship of security, technology and politics forms the focal core of this course. We will explore this triad by studying the historic life-cycle process of weapons development; by experimenting, via simulation, with the trade-offs in technological choice and investment as well as the combined-arms security effects of asymmetrical systems; by analyzing how the major international actors anticipate and manage technological change in constructing their security environment; and by assessing the implications of evolving technology for US security strategy.
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