The volume examines contemporary military thought and the doctrine that evolved around the thesis of a transformation in the character of war. Known as the Information-Technology Revolution in Military Affairs (IT-RMA), this innovation served as an intellectual foundation for the US defence transformation from the 1990s onwards. Since the mid-1990s, professional ideas generated within the American defence milieu have been further disseminated to military communities across the globe, with huge impact on the conduct of warfare.
With chapters written by leading scholars in this field, this work sheds light on RMAs in general and the IT-RMA in the US, in particular. The authors analyse how military practice and doctrines were developed on the basis of the IT-RMA ideas, how they were disseminated, and the implications of them in several countries and conflicts around the world.
This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, defence studies, war and technology, and security studies in general.
Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya, and Affiliate at the National Security Studies Program at Harvard University.
Kjell Inge Bjerga is Assistant Professor and head of Civil-Military Relations at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo.
- Introduction, Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky and Kjell Inge Bjerga
- The ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’ as an Analytical Tool for the Interpretation
of Military History, Azar Gat
- What is Doctrine?, Harald Høiback
- The Impact of the Office of Net Assessment on the American Military in
the matter of the Revolution in Military Affairs, Stephen Peter Rosen
- Restoring the Primacy of Battle: U.S. Military Theory and the RMA, Antulio J.
- The Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics, Jacqueline
- Military Innovation and Doctrine in a Small State, Kjell Inge Bjerga and
Torunn Laugen Haaland
- The Revolution in Military Affairs of the ‘Other Side’, Itai Brun and Carmit
- Improving in War: Military Adaptation and the British in Helmand, 2006-
2009, Theo Farrell
- Innovation in the Crucible of War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar
and Ninewa, Iraq, 2005-2007, James A. Russell
- Blitzkrieg, the RMA and Defense Intellectuals, Rolf Hobson
- Conclusion: Between Anticipation and Adaption, Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky
and Kjell Inge Bjerga