February 25, 2014

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE NUKES AS A FALLBACK POSITION:

The Future of Military Force : Non-Lethal Force Could Be the Future of Warfare (Robert Kozloski, 2/24/14, Real Clear Defense)

Experts from the Center for a New American Security recently noted the lethality of conventional military weapons is rapidly increasing.  Ironically, the increased lethality may make their actual use as taboo and as muscle-bound as their nuclear relatives have been for decades. America should shed its love affair with overwhelming firepower and consider other military options when coercive pressure is necessary.

While the United States and its western allies may find it difficult to shift from their pursuit of more lethal weapons, some states are already exploring other tactics. As Dean Cheng of the Heritage Foundation notes, "Successful coercive psychological warfare is the realization of ends for which one is prepared to go to war without having to take that final step and engage in active, kinetic, destructive warfare. From the Chinese perspective, given the destructiveness of nuclear weapons and even conventional forces, there is also significant incentive to develop coercive psychological approaches in order to achieve strategic ends without having to resort to the use of force."

Three emerging families of military capabilities have great potential for broader use: information based weapons, wide-area nonlethal weapons, and directed energy weapons. All offer the potential to apply pressure to a targeted state without resulting in death or permanent destruction.  It is important to think beyond the current state of technology and consider the gap that exists between our current engineering practices and the laws of nature.
Posted by at February 25, 2014 6:59 PM
  
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