Accession Number:

ADA281196

Title:

The Owl of Minerva Flies at Twilight: Doctrinal Change and Continuity and the Revolution in Military Affairs

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

Revolutions in military affairs RMA are caused by changes in technology and the concomitant adjustments of doctrine and training to those changes. The author argues that continuity is also an essential ingredient of the revolution, particularly as it applies to the overall U.S. military doctrinal framework that has evolved since the Vietnam War. A mix of continuity and change in that framework will carry it well and effectively into the current RMA. Significant problems could arise, particularly in terms of using the fruits of the revolution to apply force across the range of military operations. But, the author concludes, those problems, as in past RMAs, have more to do with politics and civil-military relations and cannot be fully addressed by military doctrine alone. Military Technological RevolutionMTR, Revolution in military affairs, Information technologies, Precision strike weaponry, Communication- information breakthroughs

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE