The Garrison State
was a 1941
article in the American Journal of Sociology
by political scientist and sociologist Harold Lasswell
. It was a "developmental construct" that outlined the possibility of a political-military elite composed of "specialists in violence" in a modern state.
Lasswell was particularly influenced by the development of aerial warfare, especially as employed during the Second Sino-Japanese War, which he believed would lead to a "socialization of danger" throughout society.