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Past revolutions, future transformations : what can the history of revolutions in military affairs tell us about transforming the U.S. military?

Author: Richard O Hundley; United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.); Rand Corporation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1999.
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Advances in technology can bring about dramatic changes in military operations, often termed "revolutions in military affairs" or RMAs. Such technology-driven changes in military operations are not merely a recent phenomenon: they have been occurring since the dawn of history, they will continue to occur in the future, and they will continue to bestow a military advantage on the first nation to develop and use them.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hundley, Richard O.
Past revolutions, future transformations.
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1999
(DLC) 99025786
(OCoLC)40965002
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard O Hundley; United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.); Rand Corporation.
ISBN: 0585163855 9780585163857 9780833027092 0833027093
OCLC Number: 44963991
Notes: "Prepared for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency."
"National Defense Research Institute."
"Rand."
"MR-1029-DARPA"--P. [4] of cover.
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 99 p.) : ill.
Contents: Introduction --
Part 1: Lessons from Past RMAs --
The Characteristics of Revolutions in Military Affairs --
The Breakthough Process Leading to RMAs --
Part 2: Being Prepared for Future RMAs (Carried out by Others) --
Being Aware of the Next RMA: the Observables of the Emergence of New RMAs --
Being Responsive to the Next RMA: the Characteristics of a Future-Oriented Military Organization --
Part 3: Bringing About Future RMAs (Of Your Own) --
What Does It Take to Bring About a Successful RMA? --
DOD'S Current Force Transformation Activities: Does Anything Appear to Be Missing? What Can Be Done to Fill in the Missing Elements? --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Richard O. Hundley.

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Examines the history of RMA's, to see what can be learned from them regarding the challenge confronting the DoD.  Read more...

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