Dynamic Inter-Dimensionality: A Revolution in Military Theory
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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The debate over the revolution in military affairs RMA has become one of whither rather than whether. Most commentators agree that profound and inescapable changes are taking place in warfare. The discussion now focuses on defining this revolution more precisely, determining the extent and type of changes that it will effect in the near and long term, and what if anything should be done about them. Much effort has gone into determining how technology will alter the conduct of war in the information age from the National Command Authorities to the individual soldier. Yet no one has addressed the central issue of how this revolution will affect military theory-the foundation of doctrine. The exploitation of new technology demands a corresponding revolution in military theory that explains war as a broad-based, dynamically interactive continuum. It must provide a holistic view of war that represents its varied dimensions and accommodates new ones which emerge and, similar to the paradigmatic shift that is occurring in science, it must depict the normal state of war as vigorous interaction and continuous change rather than static equilibrium. This approach must in turn form the conceptual framework for future military doctrine. Before proceeding, the terms military thought, theory, and doctrine should be defined. For our purposes, military thought consists of the aggregate of developments, theories, approaches, perceptions, patterns, and frameworks paradigms that belong to a particular era, community, or person. It responds to and borrows from values and assumptions in its socio-cultural milieu and represents the solution or analysis of military problems in the abstract. Military theory involves the historical observation and the systematic study of organizations, strategies, tactics, techniques, and procedures from antiquity to the present.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics