This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the strategicm military and technological forces which are changing the nature and likelihood of war. As the world enters the post-nuclear, or 'second' nuclear age, it has to take account of this revolution in military affairs which is as fundamental as the introduction of gunpowder once was.The contributors explain and chart the exotic technologies such as 'Star Wars', the Cruise Missile
explosion, new naval dynamics, the US Army's Forward 'Air-Land' doctrine, the Soviet 'Operational Manoeuvre Groups' and 'Theatres of Military-Strategic Operations', battle management, and new
challenged complicating international security calculations. They also take account f the fact that we have twenty-first century weapons but only nineteenth century ways of thought, and that computers and artificial intelligence are lessening our comprehension and control. They conclude that the risk of inadvertent war is increasing, even as the risk of deliberate war is diminishing.
'The essays are of a uniformly high caliber, ... Readers will sense a commitment to expertise with detachment, calmly stated views without ideological fervor, and a genernal and refreshing liberation for the arguments of the past. ... far superior to most of the "readers" on the subject of national security. ... This should be required reading for all in government, military, and academic positions relating to national security.' Choice
'The contributions are all of a high scholarly standard.'
'For its wealth of historical as well as contemporary knowledge on the state of the art of warfare, the book is one of the best out'Arms Control
'As with any Sipri publication, valuable detail is wedded to sober analysis.' The Times of India