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Imagining Arms: Rationality and the Sociotechnical Imaginary of Swedish Defense Requirements Engineering
Swedish Defence University.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite significant efforts at improving requirements engineering in the development of military systems, defense procurement is still plagued by expensive, well-publicized failures. Central to requirements engineering is the concept of rationality – more reason is assumed to eventually ‘solve’ the problem of defense requirements engineering.

This thesis suggests that rationality, instead of being an objective standard, might be part of a socially constructed framework for action. Leaning on Science and Technology Studies for a theoretical framework, it is suggested that rationality and irrationality is part of a larger sociotechnical imaginary which outlines desirable outcomes, actions, and values in military systems development.

This thesis presents an interview study of requirements analysts in the Swedish defense sector to outline if and how rationality relates to the narrative of this potential imaginary. The results indicate that a Swedish defense requirements engineering imaginary consists of a rationality/irrationality dichotomy which sets the stage for action in a state of chaos, and that the narrative associated with that imaginary enables the

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 55
Keywords [en]
Requirements Engineering, Rationality, Science and Technology Studies, Sociotechnical Imaginaries, Defense Systems
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12318OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-12318DiVA, id: diva2:1845916
Subject / course
Försvarssystem, självständigt arbete
Educational program
Master's Programme in Defence and Security Systems Development
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2024-03-20 Created: 2024-03-20 Last updated: 2024-03-20Bibliographically approved

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