Strategy & Revolution in Military Affairs

Drone Killer Counter-UAS Technology at Camp Pendleton
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Briar Purty tests Drone Killer Counter-UAS Technology during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 21, 2018. Picture taken March 21, 2018. U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Rhita Daniel/Handout via REUTERS.

A small band of “RMA” analysts has emerged in the military and Department of Defense, in the academic strategic studies community, and in defense-related think-tanks and consulting firms. To these analysts, the Gulf War provided a vision of a potential revolution in military affairs (RMA) in which Information Age technology would be combined with appropriate doctrine and training to allow a small but very advanced U.S. military to protect national interests with unprecedented efficiency. The authors examine the open-source literature on the RMA that has resulted. They find that much of it has concentrated on defining and describing military revolutions and that, despite the efforts of some of the finest minds in the defense analytical community, it has not offered either comprehensive basic theories or broad policy choices and implications. The authors believe that in order to master a RMA rather than be dragged along by it, Americans must debate its theoretical underpinnings, strategic implications, core assumptions, and normative choices. As a step in that direction they provide a set of hypotheses regarding the configuration and process of revolutions in military affairs, and examine some of their potential policy implications.

Strategy and the Revolution in Military Affairs: From Theory to Policy

Evolutionary Technology in the Current Revolution in Military Affairs: The Army Tactical Command and Control System

The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War

The Revolution in Military Affairs: Prospects and Cautions

China and the Revolution in Military Affairs

The Evolution in Military Affairs: Shaping the Future U.S. Armed Forces


The Owl of Minerva Flies at Twilight

Whither the RMA: Two Perspectives on Tomorrow’s Army

US Army War College Quarterly

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