Military Policy & Weapons/WWII R&D costs?


How many billions of dollars were used in WWII to research and develop new technologies?

This is too broad a question. E.g., are you asking about R&D costs for every belligerent, from Mexico to the Soviet Union? I don't think such all-inclusive data are to be found in any single resource. Rather, one would more productively examine specific programs such as the U.S's Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons, or Germany's program to develop submarine warfare. You can do this yourself by googling each project.

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James Bruno


Diplomacy and foreign affairs. How government decision-making takes place. Interactions of the White House, State Dept., Pentagon, Congress and CIA in formulating policy. How governments deal with each other. Area expertise includes Afghanistan, Indochina, Europe, Cuba. Served in Guantanamo. Currently a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve and Standby Response Corps.


23-years as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. Previously at the Defense Dept. Prior to joining government, worked as a journalist with major news organizations.

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M.A. - U.S. Naval War College
M.A. - Columbia Univ.
B.A. - George Washington Univ.

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Various in government.

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