Digital War: A View from the Front Lines
Robert L. Bateman
Random House Publishing Group, 1999 - History - 299 pages
Just as they have come to rule many aspects of day-to-day "civilian" life, computers have come to rule the battlefield. Out high-tech military is becoming ever more dependent on computers and the digital network that connects them. With the assistance of computers, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are able to process amazing amounts of information in order to reach correct and timely combat decisions. Against less sophisticated opponents -- that pretty much describes everyone else's armies -- our military forces are able to "think" faster, giving us an overwhelming advantage.The nine essays included in this anthology showcase discussions of the potential, and some pitfalls, of the digital battlefield from some of the young lions of military strategy and tactics including Col. Daniel P. Bolger, Lt. Col. Robert R. Leonard, and Lt. Col. John Antal.The digital battlefield holds tremendous promise for America's military as fewer and fewer soldiers are able to effectively control larger and larger areas. Is there a price to pay, however, as our armed forces become microminiaturized along with their computers. This anthology provides a provocative look at this important issue from the front lines.
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