Accession Number:

ADA422085

Title:

From Gettysburg to the Gulf and Beyond: Coping With Revolutionary Technological Change in Land Warfare

Descriptive Note:

McNair paper no. 13

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

100.0

Abstract:

Today at the close of the twentieth century, technology is changing at a pace without precedence in human history. One days marvel becomes a necessity of ordinary life the next. Rapid technological change permeates the whole of human existence, exhausting our mental ability to comprehend and cope. In the military realm, we have won the most technologically sophisticated war ever fought. With lightning speed, high-tech weaponry annihilated a massive Iraqi force while the world watched minute-by-minute from its living rooms, leading to a fundamental question of critical importance to the armed services and the nation How does our military as an institution deal with technological change How well have we done it in the past, and how well are we prepared to do it in the future What approach should we use Mow do we even frame the issues Herein lies the subject of this paper. Readers who seek exciting acronym-spiced accounts of futuristic battles fought with their favorite high-tech weaponry are encouraged to look elsewhere. The issue here is much more mundane and much more important than specific applications of technology it is, rather, our basic ability to comprehend the total impact of technology on warfare. If, however, you suspect this issue is dull and uninspiring stuff, let me conjure up a few mental images for you.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE