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Digital War: A View from the Front Lines Hardcover – July 29, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743474759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743474757
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,075,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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- "There is a great deal in this book that will interest anyone following the debate over the shape of the U.S. military in the information age."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric M. Walters on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This anthology is the first work--to my knowledge--that addresses the challenges of digital command and control from the perspective of the "front line" ground force commander. Far from being yet another "cheerleader" book advocating yet more technology, the contributors take a thoughtful look at the impact digital communications and data processing has had and is likely to have on military operations in the present and future. Many of their insights are unique and not easily dismissed or addressed. This book is a must read for defense professionals in the Army and Marine Corps and anyone engaged in military command and control issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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This collection of essays clearly outlines the effect of digitalization on the American armed forces. An excellent in-depth look at how computers have changed the way that the US goes to war...not only in the way that we relate to other countries, but also the way that officers relate to the soldiers under their command.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard L. Dixon on December 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The fleeting nature of the evolving battlefield makes this book a benchmark to electronics and weapons...but for only a short period of time. One of the most fascinating things one can do with this book is speculate "what ifs" of past conflicts if fighting forces possessed the magnitude of perfect intelligence postulated for the future. Fact is that a number of battles which U.S. forces won against numerically superior forces might have turned out differently if personnel would have had near perfect intelligence.
The book is a series of essays that Captain Bateman compiled by corresponding with fellow officers. Some of the essays are right on target for now and the future while others will probably never come to fruition for a vary of reasons. As pointed out in the book, the full potential of digitization on the battlefield will fall far short until the completion of a paradigm shift at ALL levels of leadership. While the subject is addressed, more could have been written about the dangers of decision-makers "drowning in data while thirsting for knowledge".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aces6 on July 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After 3 years staff and command experience within the U.S. Army's EXFOR, I found this book to be right on target in some areas and grossly off target in other areas. Vast improvements to the reliability and functionality of second generation equipment make some of the authors comments on basic practicality out of date. I'm happy that people are reading and considering the next step in ground combat. However despite being published in 1999, the reality I knew at the end of August 1998 was far beyond that described within.
The next step will be to collect the lessons learned, evolve and test new doctrine, and disseminate HTF documents. I suspect the Army and the rest of the world is getting tired of folks like me saying "It's gonna be great" and want to hear the details of how to make it so.
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By A Customer on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While interesting, the book is somewhat limited. Not a word is mentioned about the Navy plans for "Network Centric" Warfare, the Air Force is ignored entirely, and the Marines are not mentioned either. The editor selected only "trigger pullers" to write, all of the authors (with one exception) are infantry or armor soldiers, not a broad group to say the least.
The book is interesting, although the quality of the chapters is uneven. Buy this book only if you are a professional ground combat person, or interesting in that topic.
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