Toward A Revolution In Military Affairs?

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The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), unleashed by the integration of information technologies into weapons systems, military units, and operations is a phenomenon whose impacts have been felt well beyond the Gulf in 1991 or the Balkans in 1999. Technological developments lie at the center of these changes; however, the RMA is about more than technology. It includes the consequences of technological changes for defense and security. This study provides an assessment of the RMA that goes beyond a mere ...

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Overview

The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), unleashed by the integration of information technologies into weapons systems, military units, and operations is a phenomenon whose impacts have been felt well beyond the Gulf in 1991 or the Balkans in 1999. Technological developments lie at the center of these changes; however, the RMA is about more than technology. It includes the consequences of technological changes for defense and security. This study provides an assessment of the RMA that goes beyond a mere description of new defense-related technologies to deal with deeper, more fundamental issues.

Through the contributions of American, Canadian, Chinese, and French experts, this book surveys the RMA from various perspectives and evaluates it from the standpoints of military history and military science. The authors conclude that, while the RMA represents a significant challenge for defense establishments, it may fall short of being truly revolutionary. Whether one looks at power projection or information warfare, it appears that emerging technologies will translate into significant improvements in capabilities, but not necessarily a revolution in warfare. From a comparative perspective, the United States remains well ahead in thinking of and implementing changes that stem from the RMA, although other nations may make selective use of the RMA to promote regional security goals.

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Meet the Author

THIERRY GONGORA is Research Associate with the Institut quebecois des hautes etudes internationales, Universite Laval, Quebec City.

HARALD VON RIEKHOFF is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author and editor of several books dealing with German foreign policy, NATO, arms control, and Canada-U.S. relations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sizing up the Revolution in Military Affairs by Thierry Gongora and Harald von Riekhoff

"Military Revolutions" and "Revolutions in Military Affairs:" A Historian's Perspective by Clifford J. Rogers

What is Information Warfare? by Martin C. Libicki

Emerging Technologies and Military Affairs by Col. Howard J. Marsh

The "American Revolution in Military Affairs" A French Perspective by Yves Boyer

The Labor of Sisyphus: Forecasting the Revolution in Military Affairs during Russia's Time of Troubles by Jacob W. Kipp

The PLA's Revolution in Operational.Ar Retrospects and Prospects by Jianxiang Bi

RMA or New Operational Art? A View from France by Francois Gere

Force Projection: One-and-a-Half Cheers for the RMA by Glenn C. Buchan

The Military-Industrial Correlates of the RMA: The Evolution of Agile Manufacturing by Andrew Latham

Bibliography

Index

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