Friday, November 6, 2009

Military-Industrial-Academic Complexes

Jacob Darwin Hamblin, historian of science has written a great book entitled Oceanographers and the Cold War about the close relationship that existed between the US Navy and marine science during the Cold War.
Its pretty ironic that the technology now used by the commercial fishing industry was nearly all developed under the auspices of the US Navy and federal government which also funded most academic oceanographic research. In fact, the line between the two kinds of research was often hard to distinguish. However the work of those academic researchers has since revealed the devastating effects that such technologies have enabled the commercial fishing industry to have on the world's oceans. Which in turn has motivated the US government to spend more money on trying to regulate such destructive activities.

As my old high school woodshop teacher used to say "Every new solution creates two new problems."

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