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Military Technology

A subject guide to past, present, and future military technology.

How to Use this Guide

This guide is designed to introduce you to library resources and reliable open source resources on Military Technology. Start your search with the USMC Research Library Online Catalog, which is available 24/7, or the Library's Journal Search Portal, BrowZine

Search terms may include:

  • keyword(s)
  • subject(s) 
  • book title
  • journal title
  • Government agency, such as DARPA

A cornerstone document is the Critical and Emerging Technologies List Update: A Report by the Fast Track Action Subcommittee on Critical and Emerging Technologies of the National Science and Technology Council (February 2022). It provides a variety of keywords/subjects useful in constructing a search.


Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following, as discussed in the CRS Report, "Emerging Military Technologies: Background and Issues for Congress" :

  • artificial intelligence
  • lethal autonomous weapons
  • hypersonic weapons
  • directed energy weapons
  • biotechnology
  • quantum technology

You may even wish to look at the topic from a historical viewpoint of the military technology used during various wars and conflicts


Start your search with the USMC Research Library Online Catalog! Here are some titles you might be interested in:

You can search for a specific journal title/keyword/subject using the Library's BrowZine portal or the library's online catalog -- both available 24/7. Here are some articles to get you started --

As your research progresses, you may find that your best search results pointed to certain databases. So an alternative search technique is selecting a specific database to search. This will limit your search results because you aren't searching "everything."

Some specific databases you may wish to use are:

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