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Fas Public Interest Report Journal of the Federation of American Scientists (Fas)

By Solow, Robert M.

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Title: Fas Public Interest Report Journal of the Federation of American Scientists (Fas)  
Author: Solow, Robert M.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
Collections: Government Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: Now that we no longer need a vast standing military prepared to wage World War at a moment’s notice, American national security interests can be defended at substantially lower cost. Humanitarian missions require but a fraction of our present military force. Reserve forces can be mobilized in time to respond to larger regional contingencies. Even with lower force levels, the military-technical revolution promises greater lethality (at least in those situations where the technology has utility) at lower cost. And further reductions in force structure and spending levels are possible through a stringent review of service roles and missions. As noted military historian Martin van Creveld observed in The Transformation of War, “SO expensive, fast, indiscriminate, big, unmaneuverable, and powerful have modern weapons become that they arc steadily pushing contemporary war under the carpet, as it were; that is, into environments which those weapons do not work, and where men can therefore fight to their heart’s content My basic postulate is that, already today, the most powerful modern armed forces are largely irrelevant to modern war- indeed that their relevance stands in inverse proportion to their modernity.

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