In Athena's Camp: Preparing for Conflict in the Information Age

In Athena's Camp: Preparing for Conflict in the Information Age


the data revolution--which is as a lot an organizational as a technological revolution--is remodeling the character of clash around the spectrum: from open war, to terrorism, crime, or even radical social activism. The period of massed box armies is passing, as the new details and communications structures are expanding the lethality of fairly small devices which may name in lethal, unique missile hearth virtually anyplace, each time. In social conflicts, the web and different media are vastly empowering members and small teams to persuade the habit of states. no matter if in army or social conflicts, all protagonists will quickly be constructing new doctrines, innovations, and strategies for swarming their opponents--with guns or phrases, as conditions require. getting ready for clash in the sort of global would require transferring to new varieties of association, fairly the flexible, hardy, all-channel community. This shift will turn out tricky for states militaries that stay bastions of hierarchy, guaranteed to withstand institutional remodel. they'll make the shift as they discover that info and data have gotten the most important parts of strength. this means, between different issues, that Mars, the outdated brute-force god of battle, needs to crumple to Athena, the well-armed goddess of knowledge. Accepting Athena because the patroness of this knowledge age represents a primary step not just for getting ready for destiny conflicts, but in addition for combating them.

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