Digital Soldiers: The Gizmos, Gadgets, and Paper Bullets Behind Military High Technology

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9780312145880: Digital Soldiers: The Gizmos, Gadgets, and Paper Bullets Behind Military High Technology

A military advisor presents a history of weapons from ancient history to the present and posits that the Pentagon's present preoccupation with high-tech weapons is weakening America's military might.

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This wide-ranging book looks at everything from the modern infantry's camping gear to defense industry marketing schemes, but never strays far from its central focus on cutting-edge warfare. Despite all the impressive advantages these gadgets offer, the fight still comes down to the level of the individual soldier, according to James Dunnigan (a Gulf War analyst for NBC). Nothing can replace training and discipline. On the battlefields of the next century, only high-quality troops will be able to keep their high-tech weapons in a proper state of repair, let alone know how to use them.

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Author of the much-referenced How to Make War, Dunnigan has long had the ear of the CIA, the State Department, the Army War College and other key institutions. In recent years, moreover, he has become a familiar figure on TV, analyzing military developments around the world for the three major networks and CNN. So this engaging new work, in which Dunnigan explores "the new revolution in warfare," featuring computers and robots, will be received with utmost seriousness?and is likely to spark significant controversy within hallowed halls. Few will argue with Dunnigan's contention that the defense budget has been greatly abused by politicians, or that the face of future warfare will "seem almost like a parody of a science fiction movie." But the author's prescription for the U.S. military, based on the realities and potentials of new means of war, is enough to make the top brass blanch: cutting troop strength by 300,000 and getting rid of major weapon systems, including the B-1 bomber, are just two of his many radical suggestions. For perspective, Dunnigan offers a marvelously entertaining view of the history of weaponry. His engaging and daring analytic prospectus should fascinate armchair warriors as well as their professional counterparts.
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