In Athena's Camp: Preparing for Conflict in the Information Age (Google eBook)

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Rand Corporation, Oct 7, 1997 - Computers - 525 pages
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The information revolution--which is as much an organizational as a technological revolution--is transforming the nature of conflict across the spectrum: from open warfare, to terrorism, crime, and even radical social activism. The era of massed field armies is passing, because the new information and communications systems are increasing the lethality of quite small units that can call in deadly, precise missile fire almost anywhere, anytime. In social conflicts, the Internet and other media are greatly empowering individuals and small groups to influence the behavior of states. Whether in military or social conflicts, all protagonists will soon be developing new doctrines, strategies, and tactics for swarming their opponents--with weapons or words, as circumstances require. Preparing for conflict in such a world will require shifting to new forms of organization, particularly the versatile, hardy, all-channel network. This shift will prove difficult for states and professional militaries that remain bastions of hierarchy, bound to resist institutional redesign. They will make the shift as they realize that information and knowledge are becoming the key elements of power. This implies, among other things, that Mars, the old brute-force god of war, must give way to Athena, the well-armed goddess of wisdom. Accepting Athena as the patroness of this information age represents a first step not only for preparing for future conflicts, but also for preventing them.
  

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This book is somewhat dated now, as is any book on information warfare really as soon as it's published. Still, the ideas and concerns expressed in this book are very useful and important reading for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mando Escamilla - Goodreads

Whew. This book (collection of essays, actually) reads as though it was once really interesting and then someone came along and sucked all the interesting out. Read full review

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Contents

THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS
21
Chapter Two CYBERWAR IS COMING John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
23
REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS Stephen J Blank
61
Chapter Four AN INFORMATIONBASED REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS Norman C Davis
79
Chapter Five ANOTHER VIEW OF THE REVOLUTION INMILITARY AFFAIRS Jeffrey R Cooper
99
IN ATHENAS CAMPSECTION 1 John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
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INFORMATION WARFARE
173
Chapter Seven WARFARE IN THE INFORMATION AGE Bruce D Berkowitz
175
SOCIETAL PERSPECTIVES
273
Chapter Twelve THE ADVENT OF NETWAR John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
275
Chapter Thirteen SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS Brian Nichiporuk and Carl H Builder
295
Chapter Fourteen TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANISATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY Phil Williams
315
Chapter Fifteen RESPONDING TO TERRORISM ACROSS THE TECHNOLOGICAL SPECTRUM Bruce Hoffman
339
Chapter Sixteen A COMMENT ON THE ZAPATISTA NETWAR David Ronfeldt and Armando Martínez
369
EMERGING PARADIGMS
393
Chapter Seventeen NEOCORTICAL WARFARE? THE ACME OF SKILL Richard Szafranski
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Chapter Eight THE SMALL AND THE MANY Martin C Libicki
191
TIME FOR SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SKEPTICISM? John Rothrock
217
SECURITY AND SAFETY IN CYBERSPACE Richard O Hundley and Robert H Anderson
231
Chapter Eleven AN EXPLORATION OF CYBERSPACE SECURITY RD INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR DARPA Robert H Anderson and Anth...
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IN ATHENAS CAMPSECTION 2 John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
417
PREPARING FOR INFORMATIONAGE CONFLICT John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
439
CONTRIBUTORS
503
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