Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence: The Technologies That Are Transforming Them

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Benjamin Sutherland
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 9, 2012 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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An in-depth look at Western military technology from the experts at The Economist

Much has been made of the limitations of Western technology when pitted against today's low-tech insurgencies. Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence: The Technology That is Transforming Them explores emerging high tech military technologies and places them in the larger context of today's politics, diplomacy, business, and social issues, arguing that, broadly speaking, defense technologies will continue to provide enormous advantages to advanced, Western armed forces.

The book is organized into five parts: land and sea, air and space, the computer factor, intelligence and spycraft, and the road ahead (which examines the coming challenges for Western armies, such as new wars against insurgents operating out of civilian areas). Comprised of a selection of the best writing on the subject from The Economist, each section includes an introduction linking the technological developments to civilian matters.

  • Looks at new and emerging military technologies, including the Panzerfaust-3, a German shoulder-fired heat-seeking antitank missile, the MPR-500, an Israeli precision bomb, Russia's Sizzler, an anti-ship missile that can travel 300 kilometers, and many others
  • Explains how military and intelligence technologies are changing the world
  • Edited by Benjamin Sutherland, a writer for The Economist and expert on the social, political, and business implications of new and disruptive technologies

A fascinating look at Western military technologies, Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence is essential reading for business readers and history buffs, alike.

  

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Contents

Contributors
1987
Designing and countering
1998
Upgrades for combatants
Powering up differently
New materials new capabilities
iPod militaries
Air and space
The growing drone dimension
Militarising space
The computer factor
Better equations smarter machines
Propaganda ops online
Identifying and killing the quarry
Finding whats hidden
The challenge of irregular warfare
Index

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About the author (2012)

Benjamin Sutherland has written for The Economist and Newsweek about defence as well as the social, political, and business implications of new technologies in other fields.

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