Future Armies, Future Challenges: Land Warfare in the by Michael Evans, Russell Parkin

By Michael Evans, Russell Parkin

Contributions from a number of the world's top strategic thinkers on land struggle are amassed within the paintings. The operational, strategic, and moral conundrums that squaddies, their commanders, and the societies they serve must combat with sooner or later are analyzed via the specialists, paying shut consciousness to the impression of the data age. issues resembling city struggle, coalition operations, the revolution in army affairs, uneven battle, shut strive against, peacekeeping, army education and recruiting, and the demanding situations posed via terrorism are addressed.

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The international system will be so fluid and complex that to think intelligently about military issues will mean taking an integrated view of political, social, technological, and economic developments. Only a broad definition of national security is appropriate to such a circumstance. In short we have entered an age in which many of the fundamental assumptions that steered us through the chilly waters of the Cold War require rethinking . . 25 If the Hart–Rudman Commission’s judgment about the a change in the facts of military reality is correct—and many, including the author of this chapter, believe that it is—then those concerned with preparing for armed conflict in the early 21st century must expect to confront a range of old, new and hybrid forms of armed conflict.

We are scrupulous bookkeepers (and the recent Enron scandal in the United States demonstrated what happens to those who cheat). We minimise corruption throughout our societies and enjoy the mechanisms for pulling even the mighty down when their misbehaviour becomes evident. We do not rely on bloodlines for protection and have broken the tyranny of the extended family (one of the greatest impediments to human progress). We have learnt an astonishing degree of tolerance (excepting British football hooligans).

However, these possible exceptions only prove the rule. We do not so much face Samuel Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’ as bear witness to the crash of one civilisation. This is no equal struggle, and we are going to win. Increasingly, however, the peoples of the old Muslim heartland display a virulent turn of mind: après nous, le déluge—with, quite literally, a vengeance. When people turn to ideologies, the secular movements take on religious overtones and transcendental rhetoric, while reactionary religious ‘revivals’ focus on secular behaviours and physical destruction.

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