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The Paradox of Military Technology

Max Boot

This essay is adapted from War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of Modern History, 1500 to Today by Max Boot.


hile various setbacks in the war on terror underscore the limits of American power, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture: we live in the age of American supremacy. Part of the explanation for U.S. dominance surely lies in America’s economic strength. But Europe and Japan are similarly wealthy, yet their global sway lags far behind. What they lack is America’s superior military capabilities. In the words of Gregg Easterbrook: “The American military is now the strongest the world has ever known, both in absolute terms and relative to other nations; stronger than the Wehrmacht in 1940, stronger than the legions at the height of Roman power.” Although the dominance of U.S. forces can still be challenged when they come into close contact with the enemy on his home turf, they are undisputed masters of the “commons” (sea, air, and space), which allows them to project power anywhere in the world at short notice.

Information technology is central to American military dominance. Not all of the changes wrought by the information age are obvious at first glance, because the basic military systems of the early twenty-first century look roughly similar to their predecessors of the second industrial age—tanks, planes, aircraft carriers, missiles. Military analyst Michael O’Hanlon notes that “basic propulsion systems and designs for aircraft, ships, and internal-combustion vehicles are changing much more gradually than in the early twentieth-century, when two of those three technologies had only recently been invented.” The average speed of a U.S. Navy destroyer has not increased in the past 100 years. The U.S. Air Force continues to rely on B-52H bombers last built in 1962. And the Marine Corps still uses helicopters that flew in the Vietnam War. But since the mid-1970s, the communications, targeting, surveillance, and ordnance technologies that make such “legacy” systems considerably more potent have been changing with great rapidity—and to America’s great advantage.

Yet in this period of American hegemony, Americans continue to feel vulnerable. As we learned on September 11, and continue learning on the battlefields of Iraq, the most advanced weapons systems and most sophisticated information technology are hardly a perfect shield against other kinds of destructive power. The paradox of our age is that modern technology is both the great separator and the great equalizer in military affairs: Technological supremacy separates America from the rest of the world, and yet modern technology leaves America vulnerable to vicious groups and gangs armed with AK47s, car bombs, or portable WMDs. To understand the future of warfare, we need to understand both sides of this paradox: specifically, how information technology has increased America’s conventional military supremacy (in land, sea, air, and space), and how this military edge may be subverted by determined radicals armed with new technologies of death.

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There is no direct role for the military against criminal gangs and rag-tag bands of loosely affiliated malcontents. The entire premise our current foreign policy approach to these minor/nonexistent threats is false and doomed to failure. It's a failure of both imagination and understanding of the nature and limits of these entities, and of our own military. We've become addicted to a hubristic glorification of militarism for militarism's sake. The Pentagon needs to be literally and figuratively razed, and replaced with a massively leaner and more purposeful agency which hews tighter to the military's core functions; protection of the nation's borders, airspace and territorial waters, period.

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There is no direct role for the military against criminal gangs and rag-tag bands of loosely affiliated malcontents. The entire premise our current foreign policy approach to these minor/nonexistent threats is false and doomed to failure. It's a failure of both imagination and understanding of the nature and limits of these entities, and of our own military. We've become addicted to a hubristic glorification of militarism for militarism's sake. The Pentagon needs to be literally and figuratively razed, and replaced with a massively leaner and more purposeful agency which hews tighter to the military's core functions; protection of the nation's borders, airspace and territorial waters, period.

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In other words: Cut, run, and HIDE.

Thankfully, those who are most strident about pursuing this policy live in areas most likely to be targeted by minor/nonexistent threats.

So this will all work itself out eventually.
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I is reely reely afrayed of them bad giz
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Always humorous the small minds who think being against the Iraq occupation and the way it was and is handled means being against military action in general.
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Always humorous the small minds who think being against the Iraq occupation and the way it was and is handled means being against military action in general.
When are you in favor of military action?

Let me guess. Wait until we are attacked again.
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That's right Dave. Next time we are attacked by Monaco, we should take aggressive military action against New Zealand. Brace yourself, Shrimpton -- it's coming.

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When are you in favor of military action?

Let me guess. Wait until we are attacked again.
Pearl Harbor could've been avoided.
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When are you in favor of military action?

Let me guess. Wait until we are attacked again.
Everyone is dangerous, Dave. We should kill them all.

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Pearl Harbor could've been avoided.
Yeah,if Japan had their sh!t together declaring war

In a way,being drug into WWII saved this country from becoming totally bankrupt and one of the most feared on the face of the planet (atomic bomb )

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