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Torpedo : inventing the military-industrial complex in the United States and Great Britain / Katherine C. Epstein.

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Author/Creator:
Epstein, Katherine C., 1982-
Other Title:
Creating the military-industrial complex in the United States and Great Britain
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (328 p.)
Subjects:
Torpedoes -- United States -- Design and construction -- History -- 20th century.
Torpedoes -- Great Britain -- Design and construction -- History -- 20th century.
Weapons systems -- Technological innovations -- Case studies.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies.
Military-industrial complex -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military-industrial complex -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Navy -- Weapons systems -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Weapons systems -- History -- 20th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
When President Eisenhower referred to the "military-industrial complex" in his 1961 Farewell Address, he summed up in a phrase the merger of government and industry that dominated the Cold War United States. In this bold reappraisal, Katherine Epstein uncovers the origins of the military-industrial complex in the decades preceding World War I, as the United States and Great Britain struggled to perfect a crucial new weapon: the self-propelled torpedo. Torpedoes threatened to upend the delicate balance among the world's naval powers, they were bought and sold in a global marketplace, and they were cutting-edge industrial technologies. But building them required substantial capital investments and close collaboration among scientists, engineers, businessmen, and naval officers. To address these formidable challenges, the U.S. and British navies created a new procurement paradigm: instead of buying finished armaments from the private sector or developing them from scratch at public expense, they began to invest in private-sector research and development. The inventions emerging from torpedo R&D sparked legal battles over intellectual property rights that reshaped national security law. Torpedo blends military, legal, and business history with the history of science and technology to recast our understanding of defense contracting and the demands of modern warfare.
Contents:
America's weapons of the weak
Britain's weapons of the strong
The U.S. Navy and the emergence of command technology
The Royal Navy and the quest for reach
Command technology on trial in the United States
A very bad gap in Britain
Conclusion.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-674-72740-1
0-674-72628-6
OCLC:
867049897
Publisher Number:
10.4159/harvard.9780674726284 doi
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