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Keeping the Technological Edge

Keeping the Technological Edge

Book Chapter, Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future, pages 127-162, Preventive Defense Project, Belfer Center

September 2000

Authors: Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Marcel Lettre, Shane Smith, Former Coordinator, Preventive Defense Project/International Security Program, 2000-2001

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Preventive Defense Project


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Carter, Ashton B. with Marcel Lettre and Shane Smith. "Keeping the Technological Edge." Chap. 6 in Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future. Cambridge, MA: Preventive Defense Project, Belfer Center, September 2000.

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Dr. Carter is former director of the Belfer Center's Preventive Defense Project and former director of what is now the Belfer Center. He is on leave.


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