Southeast Asian Approaches to MilitaryÂ Technology and Defense S&T
Key drivers of change in defense technology in SoutheastÂ Asia are regional insecurities and, more recently, the rise ofÂ China. Most countries in the region harbor some animosities towardÂ each other that, while not manifesting themselves in a full-blownÂ arms race, at least contribute to an â€œarms competitionâ€ within theÂ community. This results in â€œtit-for-tatâ€ arms acquisitions inconsistentÂ with mere modernization. Chinaâ€™s recent actions in the SouthÂ China Sea add to the regional insecurities that seem to rationalizeÂ the qualitative arms buildup for the countries involved. While theÂ number of advanced systems remains small, these upgrades have theÂ potential to make conflict much more devastating should it occur.
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