The time has come for the conversion of military industries to be placed on the national political agenda of each Western country with a major domestic defence industry. The principal reason for this contention is that conversion is an integral part of the process of disarmament, which gained new momentum in the mid-1980s, and without it there is a risk that fears over job losses in defence firms may be exploited by politicians opposed to disarmament to help frustrate that objective. As this book has illustrated, numerous studies over the last thirty years have demonstrated, beyond all serious doubt, the feasibility of defence conversion, with the exception of the one category discussed below. Moreover, various in-depth reports have shown that disarmament need not cause unemployment; rather it could be the opportunity for boosting the civilian economy through new investment, particularly in civil R&D.
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