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Technological Change and the Future of Warfare - M O?Hanlon

Technological Change and the Future of Warfare

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780815764397
Number Of Pages: 224

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In light of the spectacular performance of American high-technology weapons in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, as well as the phenomenal pace of innovation in the modern computer industry, many defense analysts have posited that we are on the threshold of a revolution in military affairs (RMA). The issue has more than semantic importance. Many RMA proponents have begun to argue for major changes in Pentagon budgetary priorities and even in American foreign policy more generally to free up resources to pursue a transformed U.S. militaryand to make sure that other countries do not take advantage of the purported RMA before we do. This book takes a more measured perspective. Beginning with a survey of various types of defense technologies, it argues that while important developments are indeed under way, most impressively in electronics and computer systems, the overall thrust of contemporary military innovation is probably not of a revolutionary magnitude. Some reorientation of U.S. defense dollars is appropriate, largely to improve homeland defense and to take advantage of the promise of modern electronics systems and precision-guided munitions. But radical shifts in U.S. security policy and Pentagon budget priorities appear unwarrantedespecially if those shifts would come at the expense of American military engagement in overseas defense missions from Korea to Iraq to Bosnia.

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"A refreshing voice of sanity on a topic marked by more than the usual amount of overstatement, sophistry, and sheer fantasy." --Kenneth Allard, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 1/3/2001 "O'Hanlon does well to liken the current period of defense innovation to the 1920s, and to underscore the importance of research and experimentation for the future American military. " --Andrew Marshall, Director, Net Assessment, The Pentagon, The Pentagon "This is an important book that provides a careful and nuanced perspective on trends in military technology and their implications for U.S. policy. O'Hanlon argues that it is not necessary for the Pentagon to invest in a whole new generation of weapons platforms because the mechanical technologies involved are not changing that fast, whereas he does see major change afoot in computers and the ability to network military systems to provide much greater effectiveness at modest cost. " --Frank von Hippel, Princeton University, Princeton University "O'Hanlon's book is a good starting point." --Thomas Hamilton, RAND Corporation, Armed Forces & Society, 7/1/2001

Introductionp. 1
The So-Called Revolution in Military Affairsp. 7
Sensors, Computers, and Communicationsp. 32
Vehicles, Ships, Aircraft, and Weaponryp. 68
Toward a Verdict on the RMA Hypothesisp. 106
The RMA Hypothesis and U.S. Security Policyp. 143
A Defense Modernization Strategyp. 168
Conclusionp. 192
Indexp. 199
Visibility of Selected Objects to Radar
Current and Planned U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Maximum Speed of Destroyers over Time
Demonstration and Validation Budget for Currently Funded Joint Nonlethal Weapons Programs, FY 2000
Major Pentagon Acquisitions Programs, August 1999
Summary of Key Technological Assumptions
Reflectivity of U.S. and Soviet Camouflage and Healthy Green Vegetation
Evolution of Computing Power
Projected Advances in Key Military Technologies, 2000-20
Aircraft Speed since World War II
The Benefits of Stealth
Theater Missile Defense Architecture
Historical Army Dispersion Patterns
International Distribution of Military Spending, Selected Countries, 1998
U.S. Defense Procurement Spending, 1945-2003
U.S. National Defense Spending, 1962-2004
U.S. Defense Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Spending, 1945-2005
U.S. Department of Defense Basic Research Budget, 1972-2000
U.S. Department of Defense Applied Research Budget, 1972-2000
Quality of Fighter Aircraft, 1995, 2005, and 2015
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ISBN: 9780815764397
ISBN-10: 0815764391
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3