By David A. Koplow

This e-book addresses a big yet little-noticed phenomenon within the progressive international of army know-how. throughout quite a lot of otherwise-unrelated guns courses, the Pentagon is now pursuing fingers which are intentionally crafted to be much less robust, much less lethal, and not more damaging than the platforms they're designed to complement or exchange. This course is traditionally anomalous; army forces mostly pursue ever-bigger bangs, however the sleek stipulations of counter-insurgency war and armed forces operations "other than struggle" (such as peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance) call for an army able to modulated strength. via supplying a skill to intrude deftly but successfully, the hot generations of "useable" weaponry should still allow the U.S. army to complete its hard missions in a fashion in line with felony responsibilities, public family realities, and political constraints. 5 case reports are supplied, relating to precision-guided "smart bombs," low-yield nuclear guns, self-neutralizing anti-personnel land mines, directed-energy anti-satellite guns, and non-lethal guns.

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Adopting a parallel course. S. lead in the nuclear 30 Death by Moderation arms race. However, passive acquiescence would surely have been interpreted by Khrushchev, Castro, and other global leaders as spineless irresolution on the part of the young president, with long-term implications for future controversies; it also would have constituted political suicide domestically. A second option was to rely exclusively on diplomatic pressures. Kennedy could have (in confidential exchanges and/or in public) requested, argued, and demanded withdrawal of the missiles, soliciting the support of European and other allies and engaging the United Nations in the tumult.

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18 Even with all this attention, the term “revolution in military affairs” still defies easy definition. The rhetoric of military-technical revolution was originally popularized in the 1970s by Soviet theorists such as Marshal Nikolai V. Ogarkov, chief of the Soviet General Staff, as shorthand for the quantum leaps in weaponry witnessed in World War I and World War II – and for the incipient next surge in armament inventiveness that Soviet strategists foresaw in the realms of electronics, sensors, directed energy, miniaturization, and computers.

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