BOOK REVIEW: SECRECY AND THE ARMS RACE: A THEORY OF THE ACCUMULATION OF STRATEGIC WEAPONS AND HOW SECRECY ACCUMULATION OF STRATEGIC WEAPONS AND HOW SECRECY AFFECTS IT,
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Review of the book by Martin C. McGuire. The qualitative limits of the book are demonstrated rigorously through the analytical techniques which have become common under the guise of conflict and resolution. The study is primarily directed at the manner in which weapons development and buildup precede conflict. There is some attention given to the relationship of the factors which initiate hostilities and the process of weapons buildup. This is essentially economic theory, and it is doubtful that the classicists among political scientists will wish to wend their torturous way through the equations and graphs although, if such an individual has in mind developing his understanding of the application of systems analysis to political problems, this book in its fairly narrow context is a worthy introduction to its disciplinary domain. The last two chapters, Secrecy and Interaction in the Arms Race and Information Exchange and Arms Control, illustrate effectively the necessity for flexibility in secrecy and information processes.
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