Arms and Innovation
Entrepreneurship and Alliances in the Twenty-First Century Defense Industry
For all their advantages, small firms also face significant challenges in access to capital and customers. To overcome such problems, they can form alliances either with each other or with larger companies. Hasik traces the trade-offs of such alliances and provides crucial insight into their promises and pitfalls.
This ground-breaking study is a significant contribution to understanding both entrepreneurship and alliances, two crucial factors in business generally. It will be of interest to readers in the defense sector as well as the wider business community.
1The Fast and the Many The Theoretical Background on Small Firms and Alliances in the Arms Industry
2Dream Teams and Brilliant Eyes The SBIRS Low Program, Northrop Grumman’s Acquisition of TRW, and the Implications for the Structure of the Military Space Industry
3Unmanned, Unafraid and Underscoped Success in Four Wars with the Predator Reconnaissance-Strike Drone
4Five Bombs in One Hole, and Cheaply The Joint Direct Attack Munition and the Mass Production of Precision Destruction
5Dili and the Pirates HMAS Jervis Bay and the Military Potential of Aluminum Catamarans
6 Mountains Miles Apart PowerScene, the Dayton Peace Talks, and the Demise of Cambridge Research Associates
7 Drop Your Purse Force Protection and Blast-Resistant Vehicles
8 The Two Towers Concluding Advice to Small Firms, Large Firms, and Governments
“Arms and Innovation is an important and novel contribution to the literature on how and why innovation in weapons systems takes place and the respective roles of larger and smaller firms. This is an especially important issue at a time when the Pentagon and industry focus is on military transformation.”