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Author Koplow, David A., 1951-

Title Death by moderation : the U.S. Military's quest for useable weapons / David A. Koplow
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xx, 263 pages)
Contents Revolutionary weapons and transformed war -- Deterrence and self-deterrence -- The law of armed conflict -- Precision-guided munitions -- Low-yield nuclear weapons -- Smart antipersonnel land mines -- Antisatellite weapons -- Nonlethal weapons -- What to do about useability
Summary This book addresses an important but little-noticed phenomenon in the revolutionary world of military technology. Across a wide range of otherwise-unrelated weapons programs, the Pentagon is now pursuing arms that are deliberately crafted to be less powerful, less deadly, and less destructive than the systems they are designed to supplement or replace. This direction is historically anomalous; military forces generally pursue ever-bigger bangs, but the modern conditions of counter-insurgency warfare and military operations "other than war" (such as peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance) demand a military capable of modulated force. By providing a capacity to intervene deftly yet effectively, the new generations of "useable" weaponry should enable the U.S. military to accomplish its demanding missions in a manner consistent with legal obligations, public relations realities, and political constraints. Five case studies are provided, regarding precision-guided "smart bombs," low-yield nuclear weapons, self-neutralizing anti-personnel land mines, directed-energy anti-satellite weapons, and non-lethal weapons
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Military weapons -- United States -- Case studies
Weapons systems -- United States -- Case studies
Precision guided munitions -- United States
Tactical nuclear weapons -- United States
Land mines -- United States
Anti-satellite weapons -- United States
Nonlethal weapons -- United States
HISTORY -- Military -- Weapons.
Anti-satellite weapons
Armed Forces -- Weapons systems
Land mines
Military weapons
Nonlethal weapons
Precision guided munitions
Tactical nuclear weapons
Weapons systems
SUBJECT United States -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- Case studies
Subject United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511658570