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Strategic Technologies for the Military
Breaking New Frontiers

  • Ajey Lele - Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India

May 2010 | 220 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book provides a holistic view of the key technologies that are expected to revolutionize military affairs and change the nature of warfare tactics and the existing concept of the 'battlefield' itself in the near future. It addresses five key technologies—near-space technology, robotics, directed energy weapons, nanotechnology, and biotechnology—and explains why they are being considered for military applicability worldwide. It highlights how they would contribute to the future warfare tactics and defense mechanisms of various countries. In addition, it also discusses the possible military utilities of two other technologies—ambient intelligence and cognitive technology.

Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book presents a social–scientific approach. It describes the nuances of technological development in a purely scientific manner and provides a social perspective to their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control, as well as their impact on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade—some of them for nearly two decades now—and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries. It concludes with a few India-specific recommendations, which would help policy-makers and military leadership to methodically incorporate the recent technological developments in the future warfare and defense tactics of the country.

Strategic Technologies for the Military: Breaking New Frontiers, as can be gauged from the title, will be immensely useful for students and academics working in the fields of defense and strategic studies, politics, and international relations.

 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PLATFORM TECHNOLOGIES
 
Near Space Technology: Relevance in the Evolving Security Environment
 
Military Robots
 
PART TWO: WEAPON TECHNOLOGIES
 
Speed of Light Weaponry: Directed Energy Weapons
 
PART THREE: EMERGING AND CONVERGING TECHNOLOGIES
 
Role of Nanotechnology in Defence
 
Military Applicability of Biotechnology
 
Cognitive Technology and Ambient Intelligence
 
Conclusion
 
Select Bibliography
 
Index

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