Nonlethal Weapons: War without Death

Nonlethal Weapons: War without Death

by David Morehouse
     
 

Presenting alternative methods of conflict resolution, this examination of the philosophy of peace presents nonlethal weaponry as a solution to the destructiveness of war. Conventional lethal weapons and weapons of mass destruction evolved into an unprecedented 900 billion dollar a year defense industry. This industry and its war makers have taken the lives of an

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Presenting alternative methods of conflict resolution, this examination of the philosophy of peace presents nonlethal weaponry as a solution to the destructiveness of war. Conventional lethal weapons and weapons of mass destruction evolved into an unprecedented 900 billion dollar a year defense industry. This industry and its war makers have taken the lives of an estimated 170 million human beings in this century. A new approach appropriate to the new world order must be found. This study provides a historical analysis of weapons and forces in this century and traces the development of nonlethal technologies and weapons. It is the first work to present nonlethal weaponry in the framework of recognizable scenarios based on current world events that show the applicability of current available nonlethal weapons and technology to serve as a force to be reckoned with in a highly politicized world. Morehouse argues that nonlethal weapons and technology could and should become forces for peace in the 21st century.

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A former Major in the US Army argues that current, off-the-shelf technology developed over the past 70 years could be substituted for lethal weapons and so revolutionize the nature and impact of war. Rather than provide a technical description of gadgets, he explains how a nation's forces and weapons are linked to its security and military strategy. He then enlists that analysis to argue that US interests might be better served with non-lethal weapons, and shows how they could be used at both tactical and strategic levels in hypothetical but typical scenarios. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275951702
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

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