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The future of war : power, technology, and American world dominance in the 21st century

Author: George Friedman; Meredith Friedman
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the Future of War, the authors argue that this Age of Ballistics is ending and we are entering a fundamentally new period, the Age of Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs), the so-called smart weapons that will antiquate the traditional way of making war. Where guns and artillery are inherently inaccurate and need to be fired thousands of times to hit one target, these new projectiles are precise and lethally
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Friedman, George.
Future of war.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1996
(OCoLC)675945530
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Friedman; Meredith Friedman
ISBN: 051770403X 9780517704035
OCLC Number: 35961366
Description: xiii, 464 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Dawn of the American Epoch --
pt. 1. Weapons and Strategy --
Introduction: The Culture of War. 1. David's Sling: On the Rise and Fall of Weapons. 2. Soldiers and Scientists: The Origins of American Military Failure. 3. False Dawn: The Failure of Nuclear Weapons. 4. Fundamentals: The Sea in American Strategy --
pt. 2. The Senility of European Weaponry --
Introduction: From Ballistics to Brilliance. 5. From Gunpowder to Petroleum: Tanks Triumphant. 6. Sensing Senility. 7. The Rise and Fall of the Gunboat. 8. The Aircraft Carrier as Midwife. 9. First Thoughts on Airpower. 10. Rethinking Failure: Vietnam and the Failure of Airpower. 11. Dawn Breaks: Desert Storm and the Future of Aerial Warfare. 12. End Game: The Senility of the Manned Aircraft --
pt. 3. Space and Precision War in the American Epoch --
Introduction: The Logic of Space Warfare. 13. A New Foundation: Space and Contemporary American Strategy. 14. Space and the Future of American Strategy. 15. The Return of the Poor, Bloody Infantry --
Conclusion: The Permanent Dilemma --
Control and Use of the Sea in the American Epoch.
Responsibility: George & Meredith Friedman.
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In the Future of War, the authors argue that this Age of Ballistics is ending and we are entering a fundamentally new period, the Age of Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs), the so-called smart weapons that will antiquate the traditional way of making war. Where guns and artillery are inherently inaccurate and need to be fired thousands of times to hit one target, these new projectiles are precise and lethally efficient; while ballistic weapons platforms must be brought.

Within range of the battlefield, PGMs can devastate from any distance. The authors show how the innovations in weapons technology will affect America's defense strategies on land and sea, in the air and in space, reshaping our military forces, while confronting us with new strategic challenges as America enters the next century as the dominant power on the globe.

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