Global wars in the twentieth century have greatly transformed science and technology in both detrimental and beneficial ways. For example, following the United States’ use of the first ever nuclear bomb in World War 2, the world came to know the true capacity for nuclear warfare. Countries who had not contained nuclear weapons in their arsenal began to implement new technological strategies to ensure their nuclear power and countries who did have nuclear weapons continued to seek technological advancements on their artillery in attempts to obtain global nuclear dominance. I believe that if not for the dropping of nuclear bombs during WW2, it is possible that countries would still have explored nuclear weapons but not nearly to the extent that they did after seeing the true force that those weapons physically have. Therefore, it is easy to see that these impacts can be both beneficial and detrimental.

It is clear how this technological advancement is detrimental through the massive genocide of a group of people at the hands of these scientific progress. What is a little more unclear is how it is beneficial. I believe that this technological progress is beneficial because without it, the world would never see any change or evolution from the ways of the past to the ways of the present. If we, as a country, choose to stay satisfied with our current state, then there would be no possibility of seeing real growth in our global-power country. And, while these beneficial aspects of the scientific and technological advancements that stem from global wars initially appear that they have no upsides over the turmoil, I believe that in the aftermath of the wars when reflecting upon what can be learned and what can be gained from the experience of war is incredibly beneficial to countries across the globe, not just the United States.