Military technology includes the machines of war and also ideas about how to employ these tools, or what is known as doctrine. Modern militaries make extensive use of technology and actively pursue technological innovation through ongoing research and development programs to improve existing technology and invent new forms of it. It can be argued that technology is more important to militaries than it is to civilians; in the military, lives depend on it. Today’s militaries strive to maintain technological superiority over competitors. The United States spends vast amounts of money on maintaining current forces of aircraft carriers, fleets of aircraft, and cutting-edge land forces, while at the same time dedicating resources to future systems, like space and cyber technology. In the modern era, technology on ...

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