This book evaluates conflicting assessments of the costs and benefits of military development from the perspective that it would be best for African nations to allocate resources for defense on the basis of socioeconomic considerations as well as their military and political goals.
1. Introduction: The Meaning of Military Development 2. Military Development in an African Context 3. Sources and Scope of African Arms Transfers 4. The Political Economy of New Conventional Weapons 5. Arms Transfers, Technology Absorption, and Human Resources 6. Appropriate Military Technology and African Self-Reliance 7. Conclusions and Policy Implications