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(p. 121) 7. Technology and Warfare 

(p. 121) 7. Technology and Warfare
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(p. 121) 7. Technology and Warfare
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Eliot A. Cohen

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10.1093/hepl/9780198708919.003.0008
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date: 05 December 2019

This chapter examines emerging technological trends that are likely to transform future warfare. It first considers some concepts about military technology before discussing the debate over the revolution in military affairs. It then explores three broad features of the new technological era in warfare: the rise of quality over quantity, the speciation of military hardware, and the centrality of commercial military technology. It also describes the challenges presented by the new technology for warfare, including information technology, and concludes with some reflections on the future of military technology. It suggests that superior conventional technology can be counterbalanced, to some extent, by asymmetric responses, such as irregular warfare and the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

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