Accession Number : ADA325065

Title :   Preparing for the Future in Revolutionary' Times.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Van Camp, E. J.

PDF Url : ADA325065

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : If there is any constant of the times in which we live, it is change. We see it all around us in nearly every facet of our lives. Change on a global geopolitical scale, the restructuring of the strategic landscape, provides the impetus for us to rethink a future we once collectively viewed with relative certainty. As we view that future with a new eye, one of the few things we can predict with a degree of relative surety is that war will be an inherent feature of that world. The difficulty is defining the character of future conflict such that we can prepare the forces and warfighting capabilities of that future. With such diverse change happening around us, it is inconceivable that narrowly defined solutions are the answer to broader warfighting demands. Balance is the key. Versatile, flexible, responsive, multi-dimensional, and multi-mission capabilities will take on new meaning. We must evolve and refine current capabilities even as we pursue the truly revolutionary capabilities of tomorrow. We do not need to re-package the force we've been building for the last 20 years; we need to build the forces and capabilities of the next 20 years and beyond.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT READINESS, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *THREAT EVALUATION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), FOREIGN POLICY, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, MILITARY PLANNING, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, NATIONAL DEFENSE, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, MULTIMISSION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE