This book investigates how states in both the West and Asia have responded to multi-dimensional security challenges since the end of the Cold War, focusing on military transformation.
Looking at a cross-section of different countries, this volume assesses how their armed forces have responded to a changing international security context. The book investigates two main themes. First, how the process of military ‘transformation’- in terms of technological advances and new ways of conducting warfare - has impacted on the militaries of various countries. These technologies are hugely expensive and the extent to which different states can afford them, and the ability of these states to utilise these technologies, differs greatly. Second, the volume investigates the social dimensions of military transformation. It reveals the expanding breadth of tasks that contemporary armed forces have been required to address. This includes the need for military forces to work with other actors, such as non-governmental agencies and humanitarian organisations, and the ability of armed forces to fight asymmetric opponents and conduct post-conflict reconstruction tasks. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan exemplified how important the relationship between technological and social transformation has become.
This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, military innovation, Asian politics, security studies and International Relations.
1. Introduction, Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees PART I: Diversification of Tasks and Cross-sectorial Engagement 2. The Military and the Humanitarian Capacities Challenge, Randolph Kent and Charlotte Crabtree 3. Post-conflict Reconstruction: Concepts, Issues and Challenges, Alpaslan Ozerdem PART II: The West 4. The United States and Transformation, Wyn Rees 5. Western European Armed Forces and the Modernisation Agenda, David J. Galbreath 6. Military Transformation in Russia, Keir Giles PART III: Asia 7. Great Power Identity, Security Imaginary and Military Transformation in China, Rex Li 8. Japan’s Military Transformation, Christopher W. Hughes 9. Indian Military Transformation in the Twenty-First Century, Rajat Ganguly 10. Smart Power, Military Transformation and the United States-Philippine Joint Balikatan Exercises, Pauline Eadie 11. Conclusion, Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees