The Strategic and Tactical Implications of New Weapons Technologies

by S. J. Dudzinsky, James Digby


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Prepared for the Conference on "The Defence of Australia: Fundamental New Aspects," Canberra, 28 October 1976. The paper deals with the impact of a new generation of nonnuclear weapons, especially precision-guided weapons, on military affairs and on foreign policy. After brief references to the particular problems of Australian defense, the paper reviews some of the significant technological changes that have taken place, defines precision-guided munitions and remotely piloted vehicles, and lists a number of examples. It discusses the costs of a number of nonnuclear weapons and lists a number of implications of the new technology for tactics, logistics, and politics. 28 pp.

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