Politics and Economics (CGU)
Defense and Security Studies | Military and Veterans Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
How politico-military force will be employed in future war is of major concern to U.S. national security and, because of its operational leadership in this area, to the Army's Force XXI campaign plan. It is envisioned that such force will qualitatively change because of the introduction of advanced technology. This technology will extend the West's continuing mastery of the application of political violence. No longer in war will the West have the capability to solely to kill; now, like a martial arts master, it will be able to reply upon nonlethal means to disarm an opponent. As a result, an effective national policy to deal with the appropriate employment of technologically advanced politico-military force will become a challenge of the first magnitude. How our policy makes use of this new method of waging war has far-reaching and potentially dangerous national security implications.
© 1996 Association of the United States Army
Bunker, Robert J and T. Lindsay Moore. "Nonlethal Technology and Fourth Epoch War: A New Paradigm of Politico-Military Force." Land Warfare Paper, No. 23. Arlington, VA: Association of the United States Army, Institute of Land Warfare, February 1996: 1-17