Strategic Latency and World Politics: How Technology is Changing Our Concepts of Security   [open pdf - 11MB]

"The issues associated with strategic latency are not new. Classic strategic and intelligence analysis includes technology in military threat assessments. Examination of potential proliferation paths always focuses on the spread of dual‐use technologies to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Many of the activities now highlighted through the international security prism of strategic latency, such as 'out sourcing,' 'off shore' production, 'agile manufacturing,' 'just‐in‐time' inventories and the global technological talent base, have been scrutinized in detail for decades by scientists, industry, economists, and investors. Strategic latency is like 'globalization,' with which it is tightly linked. Globalization and the advance of science and technology (S&T) at the end of the 19th century were remarkable compared with the previous one or two centuries, but globalization today is even more intense and diverse--so much so that the study of globalization has become an interdisciplinary specialty. And so it is with strategic latency. The advancement and accumulation of dual‐use technology more widely is worthy of study itself. In bringing such different perspectives as military intelligence, nuclear safeguards, bio‐security, export controls, arms control, disarmament, verification, information technology, cyber operations, innovation economics, business management, foreign trade, intellectual property law, investment strategies, science culture, education, development, and ethics together, we may not only get new insights into each of those fields, but we may also obtain transcendent insight into the dynamics of the contemporary world. Along the way, we should test ourselves for inappropriate stereotyping and mirror imaging in our assessments of others."

Report Number:
LLNL-BOOK-652195; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-BOOK-652195
2014 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Retrieved From:
Center for Global Security Research: https://cgsr.llnl.gov/
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