Science, Technology, and the Quest for International Influence
INST FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO
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After the industrial revolution, science leadership has been associated with increased national capability through superior commercial and military technology. With the rising importance of soft power and transnational bargaining, when Americas hard power cannot be deployed everywhere at once, maintaining leadership in basic science as the quest to know Nature may be key to curbing legitimate resistance and sustaining Americas influence in the international system. The catch is that American democracy imposes high demands on the relationship between science, state, and society. Case studies of the Office of Naval Research and U.S. science-based relations with respect to Brazil, as telling examples of U.S. Government science policy via the mission agency, reveal how difficult it is for a democratic power to strike the right balance between applied activities and fundamental research that establishes science leadership.
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