Accession Number : ADA304777

Title :   Information Technologies and the Future of Land Warfare,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Nichiporuk, Brian ; Builder, Carl H.

PDF Url : ADA304777

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : Much of the future of land warfare will be shaped by the rapidly expanding information technologies. In December 1993, RAND convened 18 researchers with expertise in the information sciences and military operations to brainstorm on the ways that fast-growing communications and computational capabilities might change the nature of conflicts, the Armys missions, the way the Army organizes, and especially its concepts of operations. The researchers generally agreed that the nature of conflict is changing not so much because of technological and demographic shifts of power. The causes, participants, and objectives in conflicts are being transformed by the information technologies faster and more fundamentally than the weapons are. The report concludes with six new concepts for Army organization and operations. They span a broad range of issues: from the primary role of the soldier on the battlefield to how the Total Army might be organized for its disparate missions. All six concepts would imply significant changes in Army doctrine, training, organization, and equipment.

Descriptors :   *LAND WARFARE, *ARMY RESEARCH, *ARMY PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, FIBER OPTICS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, COMPUTATIONS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, ECONOMICS, ARMY PERSONNEL, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, DEMOGRAPHY, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, SHIFTING, MISSIONS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, INFORMATION SCIENCES, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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