Arms Race Theory: Strategy and Structure of Behavior

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5.6 Summary on Strategies of Arms Accumulation Research

Several significant points stand out from the foregoing discussion.

§ Richardson sought emancipatory solutions to international security problems.

§ Such a goal entails attention to meta-level structures.

§ The structural and first-order production system models put forward by Richardson and his students have contained neither representations nor conceptualizations of these necessary meta-level structures.

§ A method for attaining this representation is proposed, namely, second-order production system models of strategic evolution.

Assuming a view of international conflict as an interactive system-level epiphenomenon, the Richardson Tradition of armaments accumulation analysis has sought to define and elaborate emancipatory solutions to insecurity dilemmas. We assert that a technical capability to engage in discourse about the meta-level structural dynamics of conflict systems is a prerequisite to realization of the goals of the Richardson Tradition. Structural and first-order production system models of arms accumulation have been examined and found wanting in meta-level structures.

A method has been proposed for implementing such a technical capability. Armaments accumulation processes are conceptualized as planning behaviors, facilitating theorizing about linkages between strategic interaction and meta-level or diachronic change in national and international systems. Conceptualized as a network of planning behaviors, strategic interaction in armaments accumulation processes can be analyzed for meta-level properties associated with system transformation. This promising approach warrents further investigation. However, we conclude that the technical ability to engage in meta-level discourse is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for realization of conceptually adequate models of arms accumulation behavior.


Notes
1.
G. A. Miller, E. Galanter, and K. H. Pribram, Plans and the Structure of Behavior ( New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960), p. 16.
2.
B. H. Liddell-Hart, Strategy ( New York: Signet, 1967), p. 322.
3.
Karl Von Clausewitz, On War, trans. Anatol Rapoport ( Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976), p. 241.
4.
Abba Eban, The New Diplomacy; International Affairs in the Modern Age ( New York: Random House, 1983), p. 388.
5.
Liddell-Hart, Strategy, op. cit., p. 320.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Military Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • INTRODUCTION: STRATEGY AND THE STRUCTURE OF BEHAVIOR IN ARMS RACES 1
  • 1 - The Problem of Interaction in Arms Accumulation 3
  • Notes 17
  • 2 - Theories of Interaction in Arms Accumulation 25
  • Notes 57
  • 3 - Methods for Representing Interaction in Arms Accumulation 75
  • Notes 108
  • 4 - A Computational Model of Arms Accumulation 115
  • Notes 133
  • 5 - Strategies of Arms Accumulation Research 135
  • Notes 155
  • 6 - Summary and Conclusions on Arms Accumulation 159
  • Notes 166
  • APPENDICES 169
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 183
  • Index 239
  • About the Author 247
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