Military Innovation

Understanding how militaries innovate and how technological progress creates opportunities is central to understanding contemporary power distributions. Within these processes questions of agency, change, and structure feature heavily, as do challenges to the integration of emerging technologies with existing or new warfighting doctrines. Much of the existing military innovation literature deals with this technology/doctrine interrelationships in great power innovation projects prior to WWII, after which a scholarly vacuum emerges. More recent literature emphasizes the need to understand military adaptation in response to insurgencies, while neglecting issues of technologically-intensive conventional military innovation.

The project “Military Innovation During the Long Peace” enriches innovation studies by examining the post-1945 European militarized peace. The Military Innovation workshop on December 3-4 is one of the starting points of that project and brings together a diverse body of scholars from Scotland and further afield to discuss the challenges ahead.

Contact Anneleen van der Meer to inquire about attendance.


Preliminary program and participants

Day 1

* Opening Comments: Marc DeVore and Luke Middup

* Session 1: Sociological, cultural and linguistic approaches

  • Samuel Faure (Sciences Po, St. Germaine-en-Laye), France
  • Luke Middup (University of St. Andrews), United Kingdom
  • Malena Britz (Swedish Defense University) Sweden
  • Discussant: Catherine Jones (University of St. Andrews)

* Round Table 1: Relationships between doctrine and military innovation

  • Malena Britz (Swedish Defense University)
  • Caglar Kurc (Middle Eastern Technical University)
  • Peter Dombrowski (U.S. Naval War College)
  • Matt Warren (University of St. Andrews)

* Lunch

* Round Table 2: New Vistas of Military Innovation Studies

  • Niccolò Petrelli (Rome III), Italy
  • Catherine Jones (University of St. Andrews)
  • Sneha Reddy (University of St. Andrews)
  • Annabelle Vuille (University of Southern Denmark)

* Session 2: Civil-Military Relations and Innovation

  • Marc DeVore (University of St. Andrews), France
  • Caglar Kurc (Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara), Turkey
  • Discussant: Peter Dombrowski (U.S. Naval War College)

* Keynote Speaker: Peter Dombrowski, (U.S. Naval War College) The State of Military Innovation Studies

* Diner

Day 2

* Round Table 3: Alliances and Innovation

  • Philips O’Brien (University of St. Andrews)
  • Michael Haas (ETH Zurich)
  • Luke Middup (University of St. Andrews)
  • Anneleen Van Der Meer (University of St. Andrews)

* Session 3: Varieties of Innovation

  • Michael Haas (ETH Zurich), Federal Republic of Germany
  • Niccolò Petrelli (Rome III), Italy
  • Peter Dombrowski (U.S. Naval War College)
  • Discussant: Kristen Harkness (University of St. Andrews)

* Round Table 4: The Future of Military Innovation Studies

  • Kristen Harkness (University of St. Andrews)
  • Marc DeVore (University of St. Andrews)
  • Samuel Faure (Sciences Po, St. Germaine-en-Laye)