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.
In a bold reappraisal, Katherine Epstein uncovers the origins of the "military-industrial complex" not in the Cold War but in the decades before WWI, as the United States and Great Britain struggled to perfect a crucial new weapon: the self-propelled torpedo. Torpedo R & D sparked intellectual property battles that reshaped national security law.
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