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5650 Grp 3 Report 4 dreadnought

5650 Grp 3 Report 4 dreadnought - The Dreadnought 1 BSIC...

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The Dreadnought 1 BSIC 5650 Group 3 Report 4 Topic 3 Dreadnought [October 14, 2009, 10 PM] Group 3 Members: David C. Kupfer [email protected] Jong Sung Lee [email protected] Candice Leitner [email protected] Tracy Rittter [email protected] Fall 2009 BCIS 5650 Section 1 Professor Vedder BCIS 5650 Group 3 – The Dreadnought
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The Dreadnought 2 Introduction The disruptive technology of the past, the Dreadnought, was an innovation in war ships in the early 1900s. It has been hailed as the “first modern battleship.” (Lovell, 2000) The “Dreadnought” most commonly refers to the fleets of ships made in the image of the HMS Dreadnought which many claim to have been the instigator of the “larges naval arms race in history.” Too, its design was easily copied and, more importantly, easily constructed so the race moved quickly. (GlobalSecurity.org) The Dreadnought design sparked images of big guns and fast, efficient battleships. This report will provide perspective into the technological advances it represented by examining the initial problem it was created to address as well as the technology it replaced. Three of the key causation factors, war, firepower, and speed, will also be identified and explained. The causes of a disruptive technology are important to gaining perspective and perhaps provide the best laid out example of how and why the new technology took hold. Often inventors can get caught up in the “better mouse trap” mentality rather than focusing on what is truly needed for technology to advance. Here we look at what specific factors contributed to the invention of the Dreadnought. One of the causation factors, war – specifically winning battles in war, serves as the killer app for the Dreadnought. The speed and firepower are frightening combinations that lead to a fleet of Dreadnought inspired ships and in fact a war-ship era. While war ships, and indeed entire lines of war ships, had come and gone, the quick construction time and the operating efficiency of the Dreadnought design proved to be the reasons it was so revered. Finally we will discuss the paradigm shift involved in the success of the Dreadnought. The arguments for and against the Dreadnought show how deeply instilled the traditional war plans were in
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The Dreadnought 3 the military. The Dreadnought did, however, change nautical war tactics and significantly changed the future of war ship construction.
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The Dreadnought 4 What was the initial problem (ex., the market demand) which the technology needed to address? What was the “old” (i.e., the then current) technology(ies) used to solve or lessen the problem before the new technology was invented? How well or poorly did the “old” technology(ies) deal with the problem?
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