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Non-state Threats and Future Wars 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0714683089
ISBN-10: 0714683086
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'This book presents a blueprint for the military and law enforcement agencies of the US to innovate and prepare for the battles of World War IV. It is a comprehensive and intensely composed book on the subject of asymmetrical warfare as fought by non-state warriors.'

David Bradford, Special Warfare

'The authors recognize the new enemies of our nation, encourage innovative thinking in our institutions, demand that bureaucratic demarcations be overcome, and, above all, call for the creation (and growth) of smarter institutions ... this book should be required reading by those who serve in special warfare.'

David Bradford, Special Warfare

 

 

About the Author

Robert J. Bunker, an expert on unconventional security threats, is the editor of numerous books, including Networks, Terrorism, and Global Insurgency.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714683086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714683089
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,933,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2003
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The authors, with the exception of those writing about intelligence, are world-class, and if you have not read many books about 4th Generation Warfare, non-traditional threats, and non-state actors as forces in their own right, then this is a superb single book to obtain and read.

If, on the other hand, you have read most of the books and articles written by these talented individuals, you will find the book irritatingly "old"--most of these ideas were published ten years ago, and the book is a superb undergraduate publication well-suited for those who have not done the prior reading.

The book is a reflection of its institutional provenance, and brings together a mix of defense writers and the current crop of transnational crime academics and practitioners. It does not adequately discuss the non-violent traditional threats (water and resource scarcity, mass migration and genocide, pollution and corruption, inter alia), and it does not really discuss the future in creative ways.

There is no index and the bibliography is marginal.

There is one bright spot, and it alone makes the book worthy of purchase: Phil Williams, a top academic with superb law enforcement and national security connections at the working level, provides a preface that is concise and useful. He begins by pointing out that Clinton as well as Bush to date have ignored non-state threats, specifically including terrorism, and failed to understand the gravity and imminence of the asymmetrical threat. He lists five realities and three solutions:

Reality #1: International security is more complex. It is not sufficient to focus only on states.
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Non-State Threats and Future Wars edited by Robert J. Bunker brings together a world-class team of defense scholars, law enforcement specialists, and military thinkers like Martin van Creveld and Ralph Peters to speak about issues that are truly post-Soviet: the changing nature of warfare, decentralized intelligence structures, the continuing blur between law enforcement and military operations, the use of mercenaries, non-lethal weapons, and preparing for intense urban operations. Non-State Threats and Future Wars like most national security study-related books written in the last ten years or so, starts off with the proverbial introductory phrase "since the collapse of the Soviet Union." However, unlike most books on the national security studies market, Non-State Threats and Futures Wars reaches beyond most so-called "post-Soviet ideas" like adding a new kind of sensor package to a tank and calling that an innovation fit for the new battlespace. In fact most of the authors who contributed to this book would question the utility of the main battle tank entirely.
T. Lindsay Moore's article "Fourth Epochal War" questions the utility of military concepts of "exhaustion" and/or "wars of density," which he defines as antiquated concepts of warfare unable to adapt to the realities of the new battlefield. Moore draws upon the lessons of history to demonstrate his point.
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"Non-State Threats and Future Wars" edited by Robert J. Bunker brings together a world-class team of defense scholars, law enforcement specialists, and military thinkers like Martin van Creveld and Ralph Peters to speak about issues that are truly post-Soviet: the changing nature of warfare, decentralized intelligence structures, the continuing blur between law enforcement and military operations, the use of mercenaries, non-lethal weapons, and preparing for intense urban operations. "Non-State Threats and Future Wars" like most national security study-related books written in the last ten years or so, starts off with the proverbial introductory phrase "since the collapse of the Soviet Union." However, unlike most books on the national security studies market, "Non-State Threats and Futures Wars" reaches beyond most so-called "post-Soviet ideas" like adding a new kind of sensor package to a tank and calling that an innovation fit for the new battlespace. In fact most of the authors who contributed to this book would question the utility of the main battle tank entirely.
T. Lindsay Moore's article "Fourth Epochal War" questions the utility of military concepts of "exhaustion" and/or "wars of density," which he defines as antiquated concepts of warfare unable to adapt to the realities of the new battlefield. Moore draws upon the lessons of history to demonstrate his point.
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