The Art of War in the Network Age. Back to the Future

Joseph Henrotin

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Commander l’ouvrage

Table des matières

Chapter 1. Approaching Military Revolutions
1.1. Lexical varieties
1.1.1. MTR versus RMA
1.1.2. Military revolutions versus RMAs
1.1.3. Reassessing the notion of military revolution
1.1.4. An incomplete RMA? From revolution to transformation

1.2. Types of RMA
1.2.1. An example of techno-centric classification
1.2.2. Unlikely revolutions
1.2.3. Cohen and the “revolutionary types”
1.2.4. RMA schools at the turn of the millennium

Chapter 2. The Epistemology of RMA

2.1. Longue durée, conjoncture and event history … outdated?

2.2. RMA as a result of a long-term evolution?
2.2.1. From evolutionary to revolutionary longue durée
2.2.2. The eternal moment of changing epochs: RMA and postmodernity
2.2.3. An overused post-modernity,
an assumed post-industrialism
2.2.4. The building of a revolution

2.3. Confronting the distinctive aspects of military revolutions
2.3.1. An anhistorical RMA?
2.3.2. Breaks and discontinuities

Chapter 3. A Paradigm Shift

3.1. A strategic consensus around the “paradigm shift”
3.1.1. Paradigm pluralities
3.1.2. The place of politics: scientific-rational
and historical paradigms
3.1.3. The question of levels of engagement
3.1.4. A rethinking of strategy as an art

3.2. Strategy of means and RMA
3.2.1. A hidden revolution? RMA and genetic strategy
3.2.2. A failed revolution? RMA and industrial strategy

Chapter 4. Understanding (1): Piercing the Fog of War in Fluid Spaces

4.1. Strategy of fluid spaces
4.1.1. The fluid and the solid
4.1.2. SAGE, the first network-centric system

4.2. Fluidifying global spaces?
4.2.1. Figures of the fluidification of aerospatial spaces
4.2.2. Fluidification by reticulation
4.2.3. Operating in mixed spaces: generating political effect

Chapter 5. Understanding (2): Fluidifying the Solid?

5.1. The electronic battlefield
5.1.1. The Vietnam War
5.1.2. The European model of the RMA

5.2. The fragmentation of intelligence
5.2.1. Fragmenting and network-centering
5.2.2. The network-centric man
5.2.3. Uncertainty and new armies of the old regime

Chapter 6. Waging War in Network-centric Conditions

6.1. The kinematics of operations
6.1.1. On the conquest of time: chronostrategy
6.1.2. War and movement, war and command
6.1.3. Controlling and dominating

6.2. Waging war in networks
6.2.1. The paradox of the enemy: the (non-) responses to asymmetry and hybrid warfare
6.2.2. Future wars and wars in networks
6.2.3. Principles of war in the age of networks

Chapter 7. Striking in Network-centric Conditions

7.1. A paradoxical precision
7.1.1. Certainty of striking
7.1.2. Certain to succeed?
7.1.3. Wars lost by precision?

7.2. The retaliation against the Transformation: techno-guerillas and hybrid war
7.2.1. The state incubator
7.2.2. The true RMA and the future of war?
7.2.3. Adaptation by networks?


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