Information Technologies and the Future of Land Warfare

by Brian Nichiporuk, Carl H. Builder


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Much of the future of land warfare will be shaped by the rapidly expanding information technologies. In December 1993, RAND convened 18 researchers with expertise in the information sciences and military operations to brainstorm on the ways that fast-growing communications and computational capabilities might change the nature of conflicts, the Army's missions, the way the Army organizes, and especially its concepts of operations. The researchers generally agreed that the nature of conflict is changing not so much because of technological and demographic shifts of power. The causes, participants, and objectives in conflicts are being transformed by the information technologies faster and more fundamentally than the weapons are. The report concludes with six new concepts for Army organization and operations. They span a broad range of issues: from the primary role of the soldier on the battlefield to how the Total Army might be organized for its disparate missions. All six concepts would imply significant changes in Army doctrine, training, organization, and equipment.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Nature of the Revolution

  • Chapter Three

    Societal Implications

  • Chapter Four

    Land Warfare Implications

  • Chapter Five

    Operational and Organizational Concepts

  • Chapter Six


  • Bibliography

Book Review Excerpts

"A useful look … at the impact of the information revolution on warfare. The RAND volume is heavier on civilian technology than on its military applications, but it raises at least one central issue: the 'de-layering' of structured, hierarchical organizations."

- Foreign Affairs

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