The Impact Of Technology On Military Capabilities And Governmental And Civil Influence

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The three most important obstacles to effective innovation during the interwar period is a nation’s understanding of strategic calculations, the influence of technology on military capabilities and governmental and civil influence. During the interwar period each country faced its own set of obstacles to innovations. However, almost every Allied and Axis powers were in some way hindered by the obstacles mentioned above. Strategic calculation affects the way a country focused its effort and synchronized it forces. Technology played a key role in the interwar period. Some countries would capitalize on this while other countries would let opportunities slip away. Additionally, a country’s government and civil involvement could be an obstacle to innovation and directly affect the course each country took during the years between World War I and World War II. During the interwar period a nation’s inability to focus its military forces and resources on potential enemies of the state was a major obstacle to innovation. One of the main factors that affected this capability was a nations understanding of the factors of strategic calculation and how it directs resources and efforts. There are multiple factors that go into strategic calculations: anticipation of enemy actions, theater operations, the distance and time of a possible war, balancing between deterrence for war and preparing for an engagement, predicting the length of a war and knowing the role of your allies. A prime example of understanding and utilizing these factors is how Germany and Russia focused on mobile land forces. Since neither of these countries could rely on their allies to prove and delaying actions for their enemies and both countries had no decisive natural bo... ... middle of paper ... ...stacles will allow leaders to mitigate their affects and fully prepare for future conflicts. A country’s capability to understanding the implications of accurately applying strategic calculation would greatly affect where a country would want to apply innovation and could be extremely cost if the calculations were wrong. The influence of technology impacted the innovations of each country differently. Though there was no shortage of innovation in technology most issues came from the lack of implementing the technology correctly or the lack of capable engineering. The third obstacle to innovation during the interwar period was the internal conflict between bureaucracies in each country with some more severe than others. By the beginning of World War II even with these obstacles to innovation some counties would be able to overcome these while others would lag behind.
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