For those who want to be smart about our ability to wage war and to protect ourselves - and where much of the world's billions of dollars on defence spending goes. The Panzerfaust-3, a German shoulder-fired heat-seeking antitank missile, can punch through a metre of solid steel-far more than any armoured vehicle could carry. The MPR-500, an Israeli precision bomb, can hammer through several storeys of a building and explode on a chosen floor. These and myriad other military and intelligences technologies are changing the world.
This Economist book describes these emerging technologies and places them in the larger context of today's politics, diplomacy, business and social issues. It shows how efforts to win wars or keep the peace are driving enormous and multifold technological advances. Broadly speaking, defence technologies will continue to provide enormous advantages to advanced, Western armed forces.
The book is organised into five parts: "Land and Sea"; "Air and Space"; "The Computer Factor"; "Intelligence and Spycraft"; and "The Road Ahead", which examines the coming challenges for western armies, such as new wars against insurgents operating out of civilian areas. Comprising a selection of the best writing on the subject from The Economist, each part has an introduction linking the technological developments to political, diplomatic, business and other civilian matters. For anyone who wants to know just how smart the global war, defence and intelligence machine is, this will be revealing and fascinating reading.
The pace of technological development moves quickly, so how to stay current? One option is the comprehensive Modern Warfare, a collection of articles about defense technology that were originally printed in the Economist. In clear, sedate tones, narrator Christopher Oxford presents an overview of everything from drone warfare to the evolution of war in cyberspace. The result is a primer on the power of technology to alter the ways we wage war, and an exploration of the potential ethical ramifications. Listeners interested in the defense sector, or in technology in general, will find this exhaustive catalogue of developments highly intriguing.
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