THE AUTOMATED BATTLEFIELD by Frank Barnaby

THE AUTOMATED BATTLEFIELD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An all-too-real-peek onto the battlefields of the future, where micro-electronics will be the name of the game. Nuclear physicist Barnaby (Prospects For Peace) examines how, in particular, tanks, aircraft, missiles, and warships are being revolutionized by the new technologies. He argues that besides changing the nature of weapons, these changes alter the logistic needs of the military. Armies, for instance, can ill afford to lose large numbers of soldiers, since the complicated new weaponry and the skilled operators it requires add greatly to the costs of training. Problems such as this are even leading the military to explore the possibilities of unmanned robot vehicles. Then there is the sheer obsolescence of future tanks, warships, or aircraft, as highly refined guidance systems render any large object a sitting duck. It is not only the brawn of the military that is affected but the brains also. No longer can we look towards the likes of the great military strategists of the past, unless their names include VHSIC (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit). Barnaby asks, ""Will the battle eventually become so similar to the war game that the one becomes the other?"" In the face of this, Barnaby calls for a ""conventional non-provocative defensive deterrence."" This is based upon ensuring that the size, structure, weapons, logistics, training, maneuvers, war games, textbooks, etc., demonstrate in their totality a defensive posture, with no possibilities for offense. Chilling reading about a new face of war.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1986
Publisher: Free Press/Macmillan