Disruptive Technologies for the Militaries and Security

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Springer, 2018 M12 28 - 234 pages
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This book debates and discusses the present and future of Disruptive Technologies in general and military Disruptive Technologies in particular. Its primary goal is to discuss various critical and advanced elucidations on strategic technologies. The focus is less on extrapolating the future of technology in a strict sense, and more on understanding the Disruptive Technology paradigm. It is widely accepted that technology alone cannot win any military campaign or war. However, technological superiority always offers militaries an advantage. More importantly, technology also has a great deterrent value. Hence, on occasion, technology can help to avoid wars. Accordingly, it is important to effectively manage new technologies by identifying their strategic utility and role in existing military architectures and the possible contributions they could make towards improving overall military capabilities. This can also entail doctrinal changes, so as to translate these new technologies into concrete advantages.
 

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Contents

Section One
2
1 The Context of Technology
3
2 Defence and Disruptive Technologies
29
Section Two
43
3 Hypersonic Weapons
47
4 New Materials
79
5 Additive Manufacturing AM
100
6 Inexhaustible Power Resources
111
9 Big Data
155
10 Cloud Computing
167
11 Internet of Things IoT
186
12 Blockchain
197
Section Three
204
13 Industry 40
205
14 Disarmament Arms Control and Arms Race
217
Conclusion
230

7 NextGeneration Genomics
127
8 Artificial Intelligence AI
138

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Dr Ajey Lele is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, where he also heads the instituteís Centre on Strategic Technologies. He began his professional career as an Indian Air Force Officer and took early retirement (retiring as a Group Captain) to pursue his academic interests. He holds a Masterís in Physics, as well as a Masterís and MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies, and completed his doctorate at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Dr Lele has contributed articles to various national and international journals, websites and newspapers. His book publications include Strategic Technologies for the Military (Sage), Asian Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality? (Springer), and Mission Mars: Indiaís Quest for the Red Planet (Springer).

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