chapter  9
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The Paper Trail: Transactional Genres

Defense Science and Technology can be described as an activity system. It is composed of interactions among the defense RDT&E activities and also interactions between those activities and the extramural R&D vendors. Those various and shifting interactions typically involve relationships that are rhetorical in nature, ones that entail some manner of persuasion. Within the context of this activity system there is a close connection between persuasion and knowledge production, a connection that becomes more evident as this chapter proceeds.