The Emerging Life Sciences and the National Security State

This article was originally published by the Air Force Research Institute in the Fall 2016 (Vol 10, Issue 3) of Strategic Studies Quarterly. In 2014 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel described a new “game-changing offset strategy” intended to counter a new generation of disruptive technologies being developed by China and Russia, innovations that could undermine US military advantages. Secretary Hagel’s strategy has come to be known as the third offset, following in the line of the Eisenhower administration’s “New Look” that emphasized massive nuclear retaliation and the Carter administration’s “Offset Strategy” that led to precision-guided munitions like laser-guided “smart bombs” and computerized command-and-control systems. These technologies were cutting edge in their day, but in the past two decades possibilities have emerged that require new ways of thinking about defense research…

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