The Armed Forces: Instrument of Peace, Strength, Development and Prosperity

by Joseph Babatunde Fagoyinbo



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/28/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 504
ISBN : 9781477218440
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 504
ISBN : 9781477226476

About the Book

Across the ages, technological developments have been accelerated by the military. This results from the fact that able-bodied vibrant youths are generally involved and are also exposed to high-tech training prevailing at their times for assignments (defence and security) that are essential but not desired. They form the Armed Forces for the nations. Such brilliant military officers like Caesar and Napoleon made their marks; and, in contemporary times, the Armed Forces of United States, France, Britain, Australia, etc are making remarkable contributions to technological developments. Such infrastructure as the Internet, the GPS and the cell phones are products that have significant military contributions. This book scans across the major regions of the world, highlights the efforts of representative countries in the regions and observes that nations that have harnessed the efforts of their Armed Forces have progressively developed. It is also observed that developments in America and Europe, though not entirely dependent on their Armed Forces, have been greatly affected by their efforts. In Asia, such countries as the People's Republic of China, Brazil, India, Pakistan and Singapore utilise the human and material resources within the Armed Forces for national growth and cohesion. Development effort is least in the African Region, except South Africa and Egypt; notwithstanding the high potentials as exhibited by Nigeria's Armed Forces. Although attempts to industrialise through the Armed Forces may be able to create economic development for developing nations, such factors as historical background, economic resources, political climate, government policies and infrastructure are equally important. Economic development programme of an aspiring country should: i. promote education and access to knowledge ii. aspire to economic self-sufficiency in economic power iii. allow and promote private sector and foreign participation in defence production, research and development iv. commit itself to the establishment and support of defence industries v. indigenise defence programmes, establish a balance between military and economic development and vi. mobilise the nation's economy through technology partnership with the private sector and foreign investors.

About the Author

Engr. Joseph Babatunde Fagoyinbo was born on January 16 1947 in Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. After his primary and secondary education, he studied agricultural engineering at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria and later a Master of Engineering degree in environmental engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He was at Fondation de L'eau, Limoges, France and Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR for advance programmes in water production and hydrology respectively. He taught variously at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (November 1981 - October 1986); National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna (November 1986 - March 1999); and the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA, on part-time basis. He was employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, NDA in 2000 and was head of the Department (October 2006 - February 2009). He functioned as the coordinator for the Cadets' Industrial Work Experience Scheme (2000 - 2002) organised for on-site industrial exposure, project conception and planning, design, construction/ installation and operation and management for engineering cadets. He served the Academy variously in committees on: Military Science and Technology; Centre for Computer Aided Design and Information Technology; Workshops in Operations Research; Review of Examination Regulations 2004/2005, 2006/2007; Academic (Representing Faculty of Engineering (2004/2006); Appointment & Promotion; Research Monitoring (2005/2006); and Academic Programmes (2007/2008). In 2005, the Academy Provost commissioned him to design and work out modalities for the commencement of short courses and workshops on defence and security. Engr. Fagoyinbo has carried out private investigations and commissioned studies on human resources utilization and management for effectiveness in both the military and civilian sectors; and also on data management in the water resources sector; harnessing and management of natural resources in floodplains and wetlands. He has over 26 articles and published seminar/conference presentations. He is married with four sons.