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Nonlinear science and warfare : chaos, complexity and the U.S. military in the information age

Author: Sean T Lawson
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, [2014]
Series: Routledge studies in conflict, security and technology.
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"This book examines the United States military's use of concepts from non-linear science, such as chaos and complexity theory, in its efforts to theorize information-age warfare. Over the past three decades, the U.S. defense community has shown an increasing interest in learning lessons from the non-linear sciences. Theories, strategies, and doctrines of warfare that have guided the conduct of U.S. forces in recent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean T Lawson
ISBN: 9780415836852 0415836859
OCLC Number: 847246379
Description: 193 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The enlistment of nonlinear science into U.S. military discourse: an introduction --
Science in the western military tradition: enlightenment to WWII --
The birth of big military science: the emergence of and battle over the systems sciences --
Doing things the same or differently: post-Vietnam military reform and the emergence of an information age theory of war --
A pudding with a theme: the enlistment of nonlinear science and the emergence of network-centric warfare --
From fourth-generation warfare to global insurgency: complexity in the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom --
After action report and lessons learned.
Series Title: Routledge studies in conflict, security and technology.
Other Titles: Chaos, complexity and the US military in the information age
Responsibility: Sean T. Lawson.

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This text examines the Unites States military's use of concepts from non-linear science, such as chaos and complexity theory, in its efforts to theorise information-age warfare.  Read more...

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