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The ability of humankind to co-opt, innovate, apply, and manage (or regulate) technologies has made a difference. The history of humankind’s reactions to these myriad advancements may contain some lessons regarding contemporary responses to emerging technologies and, therefore, bears reviewing. As McNeill and others school us, technological diffusion can create change on a radical scale. Change occurs as new ideas, products or ways of doing things are introduced by people outside the community.

46 Finally, the intersection between bureaucracies, civilian institutions, and individuals, all competing for research and development (R&D) dollars, contributes to internal arms races in and of themselves. There is considerable competition within the various branches of the military and the laboratories which support them for research and development dollars. 47 There is the added temptation to political as well as economic corruption that is engendered as a result of this competition as well.

W. , 1999), 52. , 258. 4 Stephen P. Rosen, “New Ways of War: Understanding Military Innovation,” International Security (Summer, 1988), 134. 5 See, for example, Charles Singer ed. A History of Technology (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954–84, vols 1–5); Donald Cardwell, The Fontana History of Technology (London: Fontana Press, 1994); Arnold Pacey, Technology in World Civilization (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990); Trevor Williams, The History of Invention (New York: Facts on File, 1987); R. 0007  Governing Military Technologies in the 21st Century in Human History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976); David Kahn, Seizing the Enigma, The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939–1943 (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2009); John Keegan, The Price of Admiralty, The Evolution of Naval Warfare (New York: Penguin Group (USA), 1990); McNeill, The Pursuit of Power, and The Rise of the West (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992); G.

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