Military Gadgets: How Advanced Technology is Transforming Today's Battlefield...and Tomorrow's

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9780131440210: Military Gadgets: How Advanced Technology is Transforming Today's Battlefield...and Tomorrow's

Coalition soldiers in the war in Iraq had access to the most extraordinary array of high-tech weapons ever created. In Military Gadgets, one of the world's leading consultants on emerging technology introduces more than 100 of today's most exciting and advanced military technologies--and tomorrow's. Gadgets expert Nicholas D. Evans offers easy-to-read descriptions of what each technology does, how it's used in combat and why it's better than traditional methods. Evans covers the entire spectrum of military hardware: electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and laser technologies; "tactical Internet" and "digital soldier" systems; autonomous underwater, aerial and mine-hunting vehicles; stealth technologies; smart bombs and global positioning systems; the MOAB; and more. Evans also describes advanced technological countermeasures used to detect and respond to WMD threats--including the JSLIST (Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology) protective suits, defensive missile systems and state-of-the-art monitoring stations. This book is a follow-up to Evans' recent bestseller, Consumer Gadgets, focusing on revolutionary products and technologies for consumer use. The book covers 100+ state-of-the-art military technologies (those used in Operation Iraqi Freedom and some still in development) and includes a 16-page, 4-color insert featuring detailed photos of the equipment.

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The completely illustrated guide to more than 75 leading-edge military systems—16 pages in full color!

Coalition soldiers in the Iraq War had access to the most extraordinary array of high-tech weapons ever created. In Military Gadgets, one of the world's leading consultants on emerging technology introduces today's most exciting and advanced military technologies ... and tomorrow's.

Nicholas D. Evans offers easy-to-read descriptions of more than 75 technologies, and how they are used, all set within the broader context of military transformation. Evans covers the entire spectrum of military technologies from the present-day "heavy" forces comprised of aircraft, tanks, ships, and submarines, to the future-state light and agile forces exemplified by transformational programs such as the Army's Objective Force and the Navy's Sea Power 21. Each technology is accompanied by a photo illustration.

Military Gadgets covers equipment used in every service of the military and created by an extraordinary range of top military contractors and innovators. Whether you're a military or defense professional, researcher, policymaker, or citizen, this is your complete guide to the future of warfare.

  • What's real, and what's next. What's already in the field, what's in the labs, and what's on the drawing board
  • Tactical Internet and Solider Systems. Better information and better communication: the keys to victory
  • Autonomous Vehicles. Autonomous aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles for surveillance and combat
  • Stealth Technologies. Stealth capabilities including the Sea Shadow, Joint Strike Fighter, and Virginia-class submarine
  • Smart Bombs and New Weapons. GPS-guided weapons, blackout bombs, electromagnetic pulse, airborne lasers, and more
  • NBC and Homeland Defense. NBC protection and programs such as Terrorism Information Awareness and HumanID

The jargon-free guide to the future of warfare!

  • High-tech weapons, from Operation Iraqi Freedom to the R&D lab!
  • Fully illustrated introductions to more than 75 leading-edge military systems
  • 16 pages of full-color photos!
  • Conventional weapons, Tactical Internet, and Solider Systems
  • Autonomous vehicles, stealth technologies, smart bombs
  • Nuclear, biological, and chemical capabilities, and Homeland Defense
  • Innovations from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—the transformation "engine" of the Department of Defense
  • For every military/defense professional, researcher, policymaker, and citizen

Military Gadgets is the first approachable and easy-to-understand guide to the technologies that are transforming warfare and helping the U.S. military dominate any conflict, anywhere, anytime. Nicholas D. Evans presents simple, clear explanations of the technical breakthroughs that helped defeat the Iraqi regime ... and the even more amazing innovations that are on the way.

It's all here: stealth technologies, precision guided munitions, electronic sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, and new solider systems, all connected for network-centric warfare to increase lethality, survivability, and force readiness against the unexpected. For each weapons system, you'll discover how it works, what it's for, and how it enables the United States to project power in ways others can't touch.

About the Author:

NICHOLAS D. EVANS is a widely recognized business and technology consultant, speaker, and best-selling author. He has been featured in and published more than 100 articles for publications ranging from Fortune and The Financial Times to Internet Week and Optimize magazine.

Evans' highly acclaimed Internet Week column on emerging technology has been running since 1997. His books include Consumer Gadgets; Business Innovation and Disruptive Technology; and Business Agility: Strategies for Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Mobile Business Solutions (Financial Times Prentice Hall). A frequent advisor to the venture capital community, Evans serves on several advisory boards and is President and CEO of Emerging Foundations, Inc., an enterprise software and services company.

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