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By Keith L. Shimko

Many observed the U.S.' decisive victory in wasteland typhoon (1991) as not just vindication of yankee security coverage on the grounds that Vietnam but in addition affirmation of a revolution in army affairs (RMA). simply as information-age applied sciences have been revolutionizing civilian lifestyles, the Gulf warfare looked as if it would replicate equally profound adjustments in conflict. A debate has raged ever due to the fact that a few modern RMA and its implications for American protection coverage. Addressing those concerns, The Iraq Wars and America's army Revolution is a entire learn of the Iraq Wars within the context of the RMA debate. concentrating on the production of a reconnaissance-strike complicated and conceptions of parallel or nonlinear battle, Keith L. Shimko reveals a persuasive case for a modern RMA whereas spotting its boundaries in addition to promise. The RMA's implications for American protection coverage are extra ambiguous as the army classes of the Iraq Wars desire be positioned within the context of judgments approximately nationwide pursuits and predictions of destiny strategic environments.

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Max Boot, War Made New, p. 8. Heidi and Alvin Toffler, War and Anti-War, p. 66. Eliot Cohen, “Technology and Warfare,” in John Baylis, James Wirtz, Colin S. , Strategy in the Contemporary World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), p. 148, emphasis added. Michael Ignatieff, “The New American Way of War,” The New York Review of Books Vol. 27, No. 12 (July 20, 2000), p. 14. ”73 Whether one sees the 1991 Iraq War as the last old or the first new war is not the critical issue. Either way, it provides the starting point for evaluating claims of a contemporary RMA.

93–6, for a brief overview. Another good brief discussion of guided weapons in the Vietnam War is Richard P. Hallion, Storm Over Iraq (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1997), pp. 303–5 (Appendix E). According to Hallion, over 21,000 laser-guided bombs were used in Vietnam; see Hallion (1992), p. 21. Herman Gilster, The Air War in Southeast Asia: Case Studies of Selected Campaigns (Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, 1993), p. 98. S. Warfare Equation ‘Full of Baloney,’” Asia Times Online (October 28, 2003).

28 The Iraq Wars and America’s Military Revolution debates about the nuclear revolution and its impact, but someone trying to tell the story of the nuclear age has to start somewhere. Similarly, if we think of the current RMA as a reflection of a larger information revolution, we might be tempted to trace its origins all the way back to the 1930s when the computer, the iconic machine of the age, first appeared. But the history of an RMA is not the same as a history of the basic technologies associated with it.

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