The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies

The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies

The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies

The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies

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What do the AEGIS weapons system, B-2 Spirit, and Tomahawk cruise missiles have in common? Well, they are all amazing technologies that were once simply good ideas. Technology moves from [good idea] to an actual, battle-ready technology by following a long, complex, and often circuitous route.

Many new technologies, for example, bunker-busting bombs, rise out of a need created by a national policy, such as overthrowing Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Others are developed simply because a technology becomes available to accomplish a specific task (an artificial intelligence breakthrough that allows aircraft to fly themselves is a good example). The actual process by which technologies are adopted by the military is one that relies on complex interrelations between individuals and groups within the government's executive and legislative branches, as well as input from the media and public.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE
EXECUTIVE BRANCH

The U.S. Government's executive branch, which includes the offices of president, vice president, departments, and independent . . .

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