Adamsky&Bjerga (2012): Contemporary Military Innovation

Dima Adamsky and Kjell Inge Bjerga (eds) explore contemporary military innovation, with a particular focus on the balance between anticipation and adaption.
Title: Contemporary military innovation. Between anticipation and adaption
Editors: Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky and Kjell Inge Bjerga
Publisher: Routledge/Cass Military Studies
Published: 2012
Number of pages: 232
ISBN: 978-0-415-52336-3 (hardback)/978-0-203-11254-0 (ebook)

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.


  1. Introduction, Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky and Kjell Inge Bjerga 
  2. The ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’ as an Analytical Tool for the Interpretation 
    of Military History, Azar Gat 
  3. What is Doctrine?, Harald Høiback 
  4. The Impact of the Office of Net Assessment on the American Military in
    the matter of the Revolution in Military Affairs, Stephen Peter Rosen 
  5. Restoring the Primacy of Battle: U.S. Military Theory and the RMA, Antulio J. 
    Echevarria II
  6. The Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics, Jacqueline
    Newmyer Deal
  7. Military Innovation and Doctrine in a Small State, Kjell Inge Bjerga and
    Torunn Laugen Haaland 

  8. The Revolution in Military Affairs of the ‘Other Side’, Itai Brun and Carmit 

  9. Improving in War: Military Adaptation and the British in Helmand, 2006-
    2009, Theo Farrell 
  10. Innovation in the Crucible of War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar 
    and Ninewa, Iraq, 2005-2007, James A. Russell
  11. Blitzkrieg, the RMA and Defense Intellectuals, Rolf Hobson 
  12. Conclusion: Between Anticipation and Adaption, Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky 
    and Kjell Inge Bjerga

Publisert 24. januar 2012 15:56.. Sist oppdatert 1. august 2017 10:32.