By Linda Weiss

ISBN-10: 0801452686

ISBN-13: 9780801452680

For greater than part a century, the USA has led the area in constructing significant applied sciences that force the trendy economic system and underpin its prosperity. In America, Inc., Linda Weiss attributes the U.S. capability for transformative innovation to the energy of its nationwide safety country, a posh of corporations, courses, and hybrid preparations that has constructed round the establishment of everlasting safety preparedness and the pursuit of technological supremacy. She examines how that advanced emerged and the way it has developed in line with altering geopolitical threats and family political constraints, from the chilly battle interval to the post-9/11 era.

Weiss makes a speciality of state-funded enterprise capital money, new varieties of know-how procurement by means of protection and security-related enterprises, and innovation in robotics, nanotechnology, and renewable strength because the Eighties. Weiss argues that the nationwide safeguard kingdom has been the crucible for step forward concepts, a catalyst for entrepreneurship and the formation of latest enterprises, and a collaborative community coordinator for private-sector tasks. Her e-book appraises chronic myths concerning the military-commercial courting on the middle of the nationwide safeguard country. Weiss additionally discusses the consequences for knowing U.S. capitalism, the yankee nation, and the way forward for American primacy as financialized companies curtail funding in production and innovation.

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The implication is not that procurement was abandoned after the 1970s, but rather that there was a heightened emphasis on bringing innovations to market in a way that meets both mission-centered and commercial goals. This is the core of my story. Rise of National Security State as Tech. S. technology leadership. 2 In the early postwar decades, however, the United States could lay claim to being both. Neither development, however, was inevitable. The surprise attack on American territory in 1941 helped strengthen the postwar case for permanent military preparedness that gave birth to a vast national security infrastructure, but it was by no means a fait accompli at war’s end.

Enterprise 25 National Institutes of Health. Like Energy, Health is a quintessentially dualuse agency, with one foot in the civilian sector and the other firmly planted in the NSS. The federal research labs known as the National Institutes of Health, the Public Health Service’s research wing, are a case in point. NIH’s connection with the NSS technology enterprise can be seen in at least three ways. 7 Indeed, the NIH budget was not permitted to grow until it inherited wartime projects (Swain 1962, 1235).

31 Far from excluding the influence of domestic politics, this approach inverts the causal flow in a kind of “Tilly plus Marx” argument to the effect that war makes the state—but not exactly as it chooses. 32 This book builds on that double-stranded idea by incorporating and connecting two elements. 33 The second is a state power dimension (“war makes the state—but not necessarily as it chooses”), which leads to a focus on the filtering role of domestic structures. The proposition here is that domestic political value sets, preferences, and institutions mediate the state’s involvement in techno-innovation—not by diminishing or limiting state capacity but by extending its infrastructural power and creating a hybrid political economy.

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