Bitzinger examines the phenomenon of attempted self-reliance in arms production within Asia, and assesses the extent of success in balancing this independence with the growing requirements of next-generation weapons systems. He analyzes China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.
The overarching question in the book is whether self-reliance is a strategically viable solution for development and manufacturing of arms. Given the ever-changing dynamics and increasing demand for sophisticated next-generation weaponry, will these countries be able to individually sustain their domestic defense industries and constantly update their technologies?
This is the first book to analyze arms production from a regional perspective.
3. Chapter 1: Military Technonationalism and the Drive for Indigenous Arms Manufacturing
4. Chapter 2: Military Modernization in the Asia-Pacific: An Overview
5. Chapter 3: China
6. Chapter 4: India
7. Chapter 5: The Republic of Korea
8. Chapter 6: Other Asian Arms Producers: Southeast Asia and Taiwan
9. Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Future of Military Technonationalism in Asia