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Arms production and political economy

BICC has a strong interest in understanding the logic and strategies of arms production as a means of organized violence. In this respect, military budgets, the arms industry and its marketing and price politics as well as its trends of creating international consortia, ‘dual-use goods’, etc. are highly relevant—for research as well as for policy advice. Concurrently, BICC sees that the technological revolution in the arms industry (drones, robotics, 3D-printing, smart weapons, etc.) has a deep impact on how the face of war will change in the future.

Furthermore, due to a growing number of arms producing countries, competition on the international arms markets will increase. In this context, the transfer of defense technologies and the means of weapons production are of particular importance.

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