Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2007 - Political Science - 224 pages
"For my money, John Robb, a former Air Force officer and tech guru, is the futurists' futurist."
Slate

The counterterrorism expert John Robb reveals how the same technology that has enabled globalization also allows terrorists and criminals to join forces against larger adversaries with relative ease and to carry out small, inexpensive actions—like sabotaging an oil pipeline—that generate a huge return. He shows how combating the shutdown of the world’s oil, high-tech, and financial markets could cost us the thing we’ve come to value the most—worldwide economic and cultural integration—and what we must do now to safeguard against this new method of warfare.

 

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User Review  - sgtbigg - LibraryThing

Robb has some interesting ideas about the future of warfare, namely that "open source" warfare has/will replace conventional warfare. While I can't do his explanation justice, he basically contends ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donogh - LibraryThing

Had a ropey introductory 30 pages or so, some better editing here would have made it a lot more accessible, but once you get through that it's a very worthwhile piece, with some serious insights into how globalization has influenced the path of war in Iraq (and elsewhere). Read full review

Contents

The Superempowered Competition
3
Disorder on the Doorstep
12
A New Strategic Weapon
33
The Long Tail of Warfare Emerges
67
Systems Disruption
94
OpenSource Warfare
111
Part III
131
Rethinking Security
152
A Brittle Security Breakdown
184
Notes
189
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John Robb, a former U.S. counterterrorism operation planner and commander, now advises corporations on the future of terrorism, infrastructure, and markets. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Air Force Academy, and his writings on war have appeared in Fast Company and the New York Times.

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