Book ID: CBB001213737

The Nature of War in the Information Age: Clausewitzian Future (2004)


Lonsdale, David J. (Author)

Frank Cass

Publication Date: 2004
Physical Details: xiv + 269 pp.
Language: English

There has been a great deal of speculation recently concerning the likely impact of the 'Information Age' on warfare. In this vein, much of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) literature subscribes to the idea that the Information Age will witness a transformation in the very nature of war. In this book, David Lonsdale puts that notion to the test. Using a range of contexts, the book sets out to look at whether the classical Clausewitzian theory of the nature of war will retain its validity in this new age. The analysis covers the character of the future battlespace, the function of command, and the much-hyped concept of Strategic Information Warfare. Finally, the book broadens its perspective to examine the nature of 'Information Power' and its implications for geopolitics. Through an assessment of both historical and contemporary case studies (including the events following September 11 and the recent war in Iraq), the author concludes that although the future will see many changes to the conduct of warfare, the nature of war, as given theoretical form by Clausewitz, will remain essentially unchanged.

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Cold War History
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University of Chicago Press
New Zealand Computer Society
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Princeton University
Information technology
Technology and war; technology and the military
Computers and computing
Technology and society
Strategy, military
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Freud, Sigmund
Luud Schimmelpennink
Xiaoping, Deng
Aiping, Zhang
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Eastern Europe
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