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Future Armies, Future Challenges

Land warfare in the information age

Future Armies, Future Challenges by Dr Michael Evans
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As the early 21st century emerges as an era that is likely to be the most operationally demanding decade in Australian Army history since the Vietnam War of the early 1960s, I commend this excellent study to all those who seek understanding of the changing character of armed conflict.' Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC Chief of Army The war in Iraq has demonstrated that land warfare in the Information Age is infinitely more complex than in the past. Armed conflicts continue to break out and the international community is confronted with the threat of unrestricted warfare by terrorist groups and rogue states. Rapid change is challenging contemporary armies to keep pace with the strategic and operational demands that are being made of them. This book analyses the impact of the information age on future land warfare. It covers issues such as urban warfare; coalition operations; the revolution in military affairs; asymmetric warfare; close combat; peacekeeping; military training and recruiting; and the challenges posed by terrorism. Armies are being committed to a broad spectrum of land operations that range from humanitarian relief to full-scale warfare. At any stage along that continuum, soldiers can find themselves embroiled in lethal combat while trying to achieve political objectives and observing the rules of war. The expert analyses by some of the world’s leading strategic thinkers on land warfare examine the operational, strategic and ethical conundrums that soldiers, their commanders and the societies they serve will have to wrestle with in the future.
Allen & Unwin; January 2004
394 pages; ISBN 9781741152852
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Title: Future Armies, Future Challenges
Author: Dr Michael Evans; Dr Alan Ryan; Major Russell Parkin
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