History of Military & Weapons Systems Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper looks at the history of the military and examines weapons systems.
# 145342 | 976 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 04, 2010 in History (General) , Political Science (General) , Military (Military History)

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In this article, the writer discusses that an advanced and sophisticated military and weapons system translates into a more secure state and more importantly creates a condition wherein any form of hostile actions from other states are deterred. The writer looks at the Roman army and then notes that with the collapse of the Roman Empire, the world witnessed a shift from the focus on the Army to the Navy. The writer also discusses that with the two World Wars in the 1900s, weapons and military evolved to meet the challenges posed by the times. The writer notes that the end of World War II ushered in the entry of the nuclear age of weapons development. At the onset of the Cold War era and with the collapse of communism in the USSR, a new enemy arose in the form of terrorism. The writer concludes that that technology is an indispensable tool in the development of weapons for the military and is continuously being utilized to promote a degree of deterrence for perceived threats to national security.

From the Paper:

"The Romans can be cited as a good example of how dominant states can become with the possession of an advanced military and weapons system. The Roman Army was divided into units known as legions, which combined from 4,500 to 6,000 men. Each legion was divided into smaller groups of 60 to 120 legionnaires, as the soldiers were called. Because these smaller groups could separate and attack an enemy from the sides and rear as well as the front, the Roman Army had much maneuverability. The weapons developed during this time was the double edged swords used by the infantry, the iron headed ram utilized for breaking down gates and walls, offensive weapons such as catapults which functions at throwing iron darts and ballistae used to hurl heavy stones at the enemy. With the strength of the Roman Army they were able to expand Rome's sphere of influence throughout Europe and in Africa. Roman soldiers were professionally trained in the art of warfare and their military leaders have been honed by their battlefield experience and were defined by their tactical prowess."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Stearns, Peter, Donald Schwartz and Barry Beyer. World History Traditions and New Directions. New York: Addison Wesley, 1991.
  • Crevald, Martin. The Transformation of War. New York: The Free Press, 1991.
  • Goodwin, Peter. Nuclear War - The Facts on Survival. London: Ash and Grant, 1994.

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