This book provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the future of US warfare, including its military practices and the domestic and global challenges it faces. The need to undertake a comprehensive analysis about the future of warfare for the US is more pressing today than ever before. New technologies and adversaries, both old and new, have the potential to revolutionize how wars are fought, and it is imperative that policy makers, military planners, and scholars engage with the latest analyses regarding these new threats and weapon systems. The primary aim of this book is to provide a clear and comprehensive depiction of the types of conflict that the United States is likely to become involved with in the future, as well as the methods of warfare that it may employ within these struggles. While a number of scholarly books have previously considered some of the potential features of US warfare in the future, many of these writings are either outdated or have limited their focus to just one or two of the main types of warfare that may occur and omitted consideration of the others. This book intends to remedy this deficiency in the literature. The volume consists of thematic chapters which address the key issues relevant to the future of US warfare, including cyber warfare, asymmetric conflicts, drone warfare, and nuclear strategy. Through the provision of a series of analyses by leading international academics, the volume provides an important interdisciplinary examination of the different areas of warfare that the United States is expected to use or encounter in the future.
This book will be of great interest to students of US foreign policy, military studies, strategic studies and International Relations in general.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lessons of the Past for Future War, Francis Grice
PART I: Strategy and Joint Warfare
1. Speaking Identity: Security Practice and US Foreign Policy, Scott N. Romaniuk & Emeka T. Njoku
2. National Security Strategy and Threats, William A. Taylor
3. ‘Full Spectrum Dominance:’ US National Security Doctrine in the New Global Security Environment, Scott N. Romaniuk & Tobias Burgers
PART II: Non-Traditional Warfare
4. Asymmetrical Warfare: Challenges Today and Tomorrow, Frank Jacob
5. The Moral, Physical, and Technological: Communication and the Wars of the 21st Century, John M. Callahan
6. A Three-Pronged Proposal for the Future of US counterinsurgency: Military Peace with Economic Incentives and Political Devolution, Glenn M. E. Duerr
7. Frontiers of Unconventional Warfare: US Special Operations Forces Overseas, Roger Chapman
8. The US Home Front: Drug Cartels and Security along the US-Mexico Border, Martin S. Catino
9. Psychological Warfare: US Covert Paramilitary Operations in Indonesia and Iraq, Suzie Sri Suparin S. Sudarman & Senia Febrica
10. The US and ‘Small Footprint’ Advising in Colombia: A Model for Future Military Intervention, Jorge E. Delgado
11. The Utility of Force in Cities: Future Challenges of US Army Urban Stabilization Efforts, Antônio Sampaio
PART III: New and Reinvigorated Technology
12. Toward Robotic Warfare, Łukasz Kamieński
13. Nuclear Policy and Strategy, B. D. Mowell
14. The Future of US Hegemony in the Middle East: US-Israel-China Military Technology Development and Acquisition, Abdelrahman Rashdan
15. Veblen and the Impacts of Stealth Technology in War, Ronald Lorenzo & Tony Tai-Ting Liu
16. The Military Effectiveness of Stealth Aircraft and US Warfare, Shih-Yueh Yang
Conclusion: Reflections on the Future of US Warfare, Scott N. Romaniuk
Scott N. Romaniuk is a PhD candidate in International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy.
Francis Grice is Visiting Assistant Professor at McDaniel College, USA.