Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization

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"For my money, John Robb, a former Air Force officer and tech guru, is the futurists' futurist."
—"Slate"

War in the twenty-first century will be very different from what we've come to expect. Terrorism and guerrilla warfare are rapidly evolving to allow nonstate networks to challenge the structure and order of nation-states. It is a change on par with the rise of the Internet and China, and will dramatically change how you and your kids will view security.

In "Brave New War," ...

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Overview

"For my money, John Robb, a former Air Force officer and tech guru, is the futurists' futurist."
—"Slate"

War in the twenty-first century will be very different from what we've come to expect. Terrorism and guerrilla warfare are rapidly evolving to allow nonstate networks to challenge the structure and order of nation-states. It is a change on par with the rise of the Internet and China, and will dramatically change how you and your kids will view security.

In "Brave New War," the counterterrorism expert John Robb reveals how the same technology that has enabled globalization also allows terrorists and criminals to join forces against larger adversaries with relative ease and to carry out small, inexpensive actions—like sabotaging an oil pipeline—that will generate a huge return. He shows how taking steps to combat the shutdown of the world's oil, high-tech, and financial markets could cost us the thing we've come to value the most—worldwide economic and cultural integration—and the crucial steps we must take now to safeguard our systems and ourselves against this new method of warfare.

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"a fast, thought-sparking book." ("The New York Times", May 18, 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471780793
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/20/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

John Robb, a former U.S. counterterrorism operation planner and commander, now advises corporations on the future of terrorism, infrastructure, and markets. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Air Force Academy, and his writings on war have appeared in "Fast Company" and the "New York Times."

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James Fallows.

Preface.

Part I: THE FUTURE OF WAR IS NOW.

1 The Superempowered Competition.

2 Disorder on the Doorstep.

3 A New Strategic Weapon.

Part II: GLOBAL GUERRILLAS.

4 The Long Tail of Warfare Emerges.

5 Systems Disruption.

6 Open-Source Warfare.

Part III: HOW GLOBALIZATION WILL PUT AN END TO GLOBALIZATION.

7 Guerrilla Entrepreneurs.

8 Rethinking Security.

9 A Brittle Security Breakdown.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Index.

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