Encyclopedia > Arms race

  Article Content

Arms race

An arms race is a competition between two or more countries for military supremacy. Each party competes to produce superior military technology or armaments[?] (see weapons).

Historical examples of arms races abound. One significant recent example was the competition between the Soviet Union and the United States to develop improved nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

The term 'arms race' is also used generically to describe any competition where there is no absolute goal, only the relative goal of staying ahead of the other competitors.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Gospel of Thomas

... which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down" (Nag Hammadi Library translation, 2d. edition, ISBN 0-06-066935-7) to mean that the sayings are being presented as the teaching of ...