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The Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense

Author: Dr Ian Roxborough With the exception of attacks by ballistic missiles, the continental United States was long held to be virtually immune from attack. For Americans, wars were something that took place in other countries. In the future, that may not hold. But while strategic thinkers agree that homeland defense needs greater attention, there …

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Future Warfare

Author: Maj Gen Robert H Scales Throughout U.S. history, the American military services have had an unfortunate penchant for not being ready for the next war. Part of the problem has had to do with factors beyond their control: the American policy has been notoriously slow to respond to the challenges posed by dangerous enemies. …

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Nonlethality and American Land Power: Strategic Context and Operational Concepts

Author: Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr, Dr Steven Metz Nonlethal technology, concepts and doctrine may provide the Army a way to retain its political utility and military effectiveness in a security environment characterized by ambiguity and the glare of world public opinion. To explore this, the Army is undertaking programs and initiatives which may make …

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Evolutionary Technology in the Current Revolution in Military Affairs: The Army Tactical Command and Control System

Author: Ms. Elizabeth A. Stanley Elizabeth A. Stanley analyzes developments in the Army Tactical Command and Control System as a vehicle for assessing the U.S. Army’s strategy for exploiting information age technologies. Her analysis will be of great value to those interested in several dimensions of military modernization, in particular whether we are amid a …

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The Principles of War in the 21st Century: Strategic Considerations

Author: Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Douglas V Johnson II, LTC James Kievit, Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr, Dr Steven Metz For nearly two centuries, the principles of war have guided practitioners of the military art. During the last 55 years the principles of war have been a key element of U.S. Army doctrine, and …

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Strategy and the Revolution in Military Affairs: From Theory to Policy

Author: LTC James Kievit, Dr Steven Metz A small band of “RMA” analysts has emerged in the military and Department of Defense, in the academic strategic studies community, and in defense-related think-tanks and consulting firms. To these analysts, the Gulf War provided a vision of a potential revolution in military affairs (RMA) in which Information …

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The Revolution in Military Affairs: Prospects and Cautions

Author: Dr Earl H Tilford Jr The current Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is taking place against the background of a larger historical watershed involving the end of the Cold War and the advent of what Alvin and Heidi Toffler have termed “the Information Age.” In this essay, Dr. Earl Tilford argues that RMAs are …

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The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War

Author: LTC James Kievit, Dr Steven Metz The authors concede that the revolution in military affairs holds great promise for conventional, combined-arms warfare, but conclude that its potential value in conflict short of war, whether terrorism, insurgency, or violence associated with narcotrafficking, is not so clear-cut. Given this, national leaders and strategists should proceed cautiously …

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Alternative World Scenarios for a New Order of Nations

Author: Dr Charles W Taylor This futures book reflects the global trends and events of the recent past and those of today that are bringing about change to the world’s political, economic, social, technological, and military environments. The forecasts found throughout the book are derived from analysis of the open literature and other media, the …

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