Accession Number:

ADA525143

Title:

War, Politics, and RMA- The Legacy of Clausewitz

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Over the last few years practitioners and students of war alike have debated the nature and impact of the revolution in military affairs RMA on future war, especially with its emphasis on speed, precision, and intelligence rather than the mass production and target saturation so characteristic of industrial-age warfare. Moreover, analysts have pondered the impact of RMA on the structure and philosophy of the Army of the 21st century, conflicts short of war, and information warfare. All of these observers agree that even though older forms of war will continue to coexist with newer ones, RMA, when complete, will mean that future war will differ fundamentally from wars of the past. It will include more intelligent warriors, knowledge-oriented weaponry, a five-dimensional battlefield namely, breadth, depth, height, space, and time--the ability and subsequent need to act within an enemys decision cycle, global envelopment, capabilities to attack simultaneously and precisely on the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, and an explicit civilianization of war in terms of increased direct and indirect public participation. In addition, RMA will likely challenge statecraft as diplomats adapt to the flow of real-time data, its effect on public opinion, and the uncertain political capabilities and limits of future war.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE