Future War

Future War

Preparing for the New Global Battlefield

Book - 2017
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Future war is almost here- battles fought in cyberspace; biologically enhanced soldiers; autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink. A leading expert on the place of technology in war and intelligence, Robert H. Latiff, now teaching at the University of Notre Dame, has spent a career in the military researching and developing new combat technologies, observing the cost of our unquestioning embrace of innovation. At its best, advanced technology acts faster than ever to save the lives of soldiers; at its worst, the deployment of insufficiently considered new technology can have devastating unintended or long-term consequences. The question of whether we can is followed, all too infrequently, by the question of whether we should. In Future War, Latiff maps out the changing ways of war and the weapons technologies we will use to fight them, seeking to describe the ramifications of those changes and what it will mean in the future to be a soldier. He also recognizes that the fortunes of a nation are inextricably linked with its national defense, and how its citizens understand the importance of when, how, and according to what rules we fight. What will war mean to the average American? Are our leaders sufficiently sensitized to the implications of the new ways of fighting? How are the attitudes of individuals and civilian institutions shaped by the wars we fight and the means we use to fight them? And, of key importance- How will soldiers themselves think about war and their roles within it? The evolving, complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention to the issues that will confront us, before it is too late to control them. Decrying what he describes as a "broken" relationship between the military and the public it serves, Latiff issues a bold wake-up call to military planners and weapons technologists, decision makers, and the nation as a whole as we prepare for a very different future.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101947609
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 20 cm

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

The military doesn't want war.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

..., the American military is like the 911 system: we call only when we're in trouble.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

History reminds us that hubris rarely ends well.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

... power is its own reward.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

If we cannot see the enemy, it is a lot easier to kill him.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

..., while we relentlessly purge and kill our enemies, we must observe the standards and values that treat non combatants and detainees with dignity and respect.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

The fact is, technology continues to make killing more efficient, and the idea is to win wars.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

The soldier be he friend or foe, is charged with the protection of the weak and unarmed.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

History has demonstrated that in times of crisis, the demand for greater surveillance and inteiligence inevitably increases, along with an accompanying contraction of individual privacy and civil liberties.

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SEBoiko
Jan 13, 2018

We still have no clear idea of what consititutes an act of war in cyberspace nor of how we might respond to an attack.

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Mar 10, 2018

Although its an extremely short book, its very thought provoking and quite worrying too. This is likely because the book has more questions in it than most elementary introduction to philosophy, and gives the briefest of indications about the current, currently being researched, and likely future technological capacities of the USA's military, and, presumably also those of other highly industrialized nations, or just those with massive investments in their military. Its important for just about all concerned citizens to give serious consideration to the questions asked.

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