Since humans have been on Earth we have been designing and building weapons. We, as a species, continue to push for more advanced weapons as our level of technology increases. Is this a bad thing? In our view the answer is both a yes and a no
The "Yes" view
Everyone enjoys advanced technology, you're reading this on a computer, you may own a SatNav system. Defence research pays a huge dividend to society, it pushes on the cutting edge of science so that defence science ultimately ends up in everyday use (obviously not weapons, but spin-off technologies).
For a country to be secure it needs to be strong, such as having a high economic output. A strong country also needs to be able to defend itself in what can sometimes be a hostile world. If a country needs to defend itself from potential agressors then it needs to understand the threat. In other words, a strong defence via a strong offensive programme.
The "No" view
Weapons have one purpose. They are designed to kill someone and that isn't morally right. That is it. The "Yes" view could only be allowed if there was no chance of weapons being given to extremists who actually want to use them. As this can't be assured, then surely the best route would be to stop designing and building them?
What do you think?