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Strategic Technologies for the Military: Breaking New Frontiers

Ajey Lele (Author)
Synopsis This book provides a holistic view of the key technologies that are expected to revolutionise military affairs in the near future and change the nature of warfare tactics and the very concept of the 'battlefield'. It addresses five key technologies--near-space technology, robotics, directed energy weapons, nanotechnology and biotechnology--and explains why they are being considered for military applicability worldwide. It highlights how they would contribute to the future warfare tactics and defence mechanisms of various countries. In addition, it also discusses the possible military utility of two other technologies--ambient intelligence and cognitive technology.

Written in an easy to understand style, Strategic Technologies for the Military: Breaking New Frontiers presents a social-scientific approach. It describes the nuances of technological development in specific fields and discusses their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control. It also dwells on the impact of these developments on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade--some of them for nearly two decades now--and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries. It concludes with a few India-specific recommendations which would help policy-makers and military leadership to methodically incorporate the recent technological developments in the future warfare and defence tactics of the country.

As can be gauged from the title, this book will be immensely useful for students and academics working the fields of defence and strategic studies, politics and international relations.
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About the author

Ajey Lele

Ajey Lele is an Indian Air Force officer currently working with IDSA as a Research Fellow. His research interests include: space security, strategic technologies and WMDs. He holds a PhD from School of international Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and has done his masters in Physics from Pune University. He has authored two books and published articles in various journals, newspapers and websites.

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Bibliographic information

Title Strategic Technologies for the Military: Breaking New Frontiers
Author Ajey Lele
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788132102410
length 209p., Illustrations; 23cm.