chapter  6
24 Pages

Arms Control and its Technology

Man’s age-old quest has been for bigger and better weapons to smite his enemies. Most recently, the Cold War made it impera­ tive to maintain a potent, inventive and highly protected defence industry. Under the threat of total war, NATO capability had always to be at least one step ahead. The imbalance of ground forces made this all the more vital if it were not to lead to pre­ mature use of nuclear arms. Guarding the secrecy of scientific and technical advances was as important as the developments themselves. All this meant an exclusive relationship between defence ministries and establishments, contractors and intelli­ gence services.