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The Business of Systems Integration$
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Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199263221.001.0001

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Inventing Systems Integration

Inventing Systems Integration

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The Business of Systems Integration

Harvey M. Sapolsky

Oxford University Press

The US government needed more than money, a good strategy, and determination to wage the Cold War: it needed to invent the institutions that could sustain and co‐ordinate the long‐term enlistment of technology and industry for military purposes. The military structures that could command co‐ordination when most in society were ready to accept military discipline and priorities were inadequate for managing the less than total mobilization that followed. Describes the creation and institutionalisation of a variety of special organisations and skills that allowed the military to manage effectively the design and development of complex weapons systems during the Cold War.

Keywords:   complex weapons, co‐ordination of innovation, defence industry, history of systems integration

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