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The Science of War by Michael E. O'Hanlon

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CHAPTER IV

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Technical Issues in Defense Analysis

HOW DOES AN ANALYST or policy specialist wade into the complex world of actual military science–that is, the realm of physics and engineering on which so many practical decisions about military matters turn? Given the sophistication of the technologies involved, this would seem an impossible task for the generalist, or even for many scientists lacking specialized knowledge of certain aspects of military technical matters. But in another sense, it is a necessary task. Only by striving for answers to questions like can missile defenses work, can space weapons provide capabilities unavailable from ...

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