It was further attempted to look at the implications of military privatization with

respect to its military, economic and political dimensions and what it could all

mean for international security. The main theme of the book was the influence of

technology on the organization of the armed forces, their mode of operation and

on security relationships more generally. It was argued that technology is a driving

factor in the current process of military privatization because growing technological

complexity exceeds the military’s capability of managing it, especially in times of

rapid technological change and times of diminishing internal resources. This current

tendency of a privatization of military activities is not unprecedented in military

history. For example, there are certainly many similarities between the present

situation and the military revolution that occurred in the late Middle Ages (Avant

2001). However, the present situation is also unique in the sense that military

privatization happens parallel to an overall process of economic globalization.