This book explores the idea of a ‘revolution in military affairs’ (RMA), which underpins the transformational agenda of the US military, and examines its implications for smaller states.
The strategic studies literature on the RMA tends to be American-centric and directed towards the strategic problems of the US military. This volume seeks to fill the gap in the literature and establish an intellectual framework that can assist other, smaller powers in their respective approaches to this issue.
The book does so in three main sections; Part I focuses on questions of transformations in strategy and war; Part II explores transformations in operations; while Part III examines possible impediments to an RMA.
This book will be of much interest to students of Military Studies, Asian Studies, Strategic Studies and International Relations in general.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Revolutions in Military Affairs: Theory and Applicability to Small Armed Forces Bernard Loo 1. Change and Transformation in Military Affairs Eliot Cohen 2. Biotechnology, Military Transformation and the Future of War Christopher Coker 3. Managing the Revolution in Military Affairs Ron Matthews 4. The Essentials of Effects Based Operations Joshua Ho 5. The Transformation of Special Operations Forces in Contemporary Conflict Malcolm Brailey 6. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Missions, Challenges, and Strategic Implications for Small and Medium Powers Manjeet Singh Pardesi 7. The RMA and ‘Military Operations Other Than War’: A Swift Sword that Cuts Both Ways David J. Betz 8. Small Navies and Network-Centric Warfare: Is There a Role? Paul T. Mitchell 9. Organizational Culture and Change: The Revolution in Military Affairs, Counterinsurgency, and the US Army Elizabeth Kier 10. Officer Attitudes Toward the Revolution in Military Affairs Thomas G. Mahnken and James R. FitzSimonds 11. Transforming Organizational Culture: Lessons Learned from a Systems Perspective Nancy Roberts
Bernard Loo is Assistant Professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.