Info[at]war.mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military

Info[at]war.mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military

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By combining a science studies perspective with a number of concepts from recent rhetorical theory, this study is able to trace the rhetorical, intellectual, and institutional conditions that have allowed for the enlistment of nonlinear science into the service of U.S. military theory. In short, it accounts not only for the uses that military theorists have made of nonlinear science, but for the conditions that have made that use possible in the first place. To accomplish that task, the enlistment of nonlinear science is examined in relation to the longer-term, wider historical role that the sciences in general ix have come to play in the ways that Western militaries have understood the qnatureq of warfare; the general requirements for victory in warfare; the relationships among society, technology, and war; the military organization's relationship to the qoutsideq world; as well as the military organization's understanding of itself, its culture and values, and what it means to be a military professional. In doing so, this study deepens our understanding of the construction of military theories, doctrines, and strategies; the relationship between the military and the sciences in the postwar period; the ways that the sciences are enlisted for various purposes in realms typically considered qoutsideq the sciences; and finally, the way that recent changes in the U.S. military map onto those larger patterns of social and intellectual change often characterized as qpost-industrialq or qpostmodern.q... longer essay that was submitted to the 1919 Royal United Services Institute essay contest, the topic of which was a€œThe Application of Recent Developments in Mechanics and Other Scientific Knowledge to Preparation and Training for Futureanbsp;...


Title:Info[at]war.mil: Nonlinear Science and the Emergence of Information Age Warfare in the United States Military
Author: Sean Trevor Lawson
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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