Great Decisions 2014 | Topic 1
What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
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P.W. Singer, author of the Great Decisions 2014 chapter on Defense Technology, examines how robotic warfare is revolutionizing military warfare, as well as the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that accompany it.
Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagle, a veteran of both American missions in Iraq, dissects the Malaya and Vietnam experiences to understand how armies adapt to circumstances they are unprepared for.
Thomas E. Ricks gathers meaning from the stories of this century’s best and worst American generals about what constitutes great leadership.
Korb and Wheeler ground their assessment of the fundamental strengths and weaknesses in thoughtful research and deliver a deep understanding of what genuine military reform ought to entail.
Colonel Gian Gentile draws upon his extensive experience as a combat battalion commander in the Iraq War to describe what he views as the tremendous failure of the current US doctrine of counterinsurgency (COIN) in Afghanistan.
Mark Mazzetti, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, chronicles how the CIA and America’s special operations forces have transformed into lethal machines extending to the remotest regions of world.
New York Times bestseller and former presidential advisor, Richard A. Clarke details America’s troubling vulnerabilities in cyber space with an insider’s view of the White House “Situation Room.”
Great Decisions 2023 cover image.