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Revolutions In Military Affairs: A Theory On First-Mover Advantage

Andrew Bernard Silverstein, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Social Sciences

Dept/Program: Political Science

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Michael Horowitz

Date of this Version: 01 April 2013



What determines the length of first-mover advantage in military innovation? In adopting revolutions in military affairs, some first movers benefit from a lengthy advantage while others suffer from a brief advantage. In this paper, I argue that that two factors, leadership and doctrinal congruence, relate to the two relevant actors, a first mover and a secondary actor, to explain the length of a first mover’s strategic edge. The theory is tested on the aircraft carrier, submarine, and intercontinental ballistic missile revolutions.


Political Science

Suggested Citation

Silverstein, Andrew Bernard, "Revolutions In Military Affairs: A Theory On First-Mover Advantage" 01 April 2013. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania,

Date Posted: 10 June 2013




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