Lifting the Fog of War

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9780801868412: Lifting the Fog of War

Is the United States an exhausted superpower? Recent military operations in Iraq, Somalia, and Kosovo have resulted in defeat or stalemate. America's key weaponry is fast becoming obsolete, and its men and women in uniform are disenchanted. Yet the U.S. remains committed to a wide variety of conflicts around the world and is increasingly confronted by threats against which traditional military power will be ineffective.

As Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first Clinton administration, Admiral Bill Owens saw the challenges facing the U.S. military firsthand. In this trenchant, fascinating, and forward-looking book, Owens explains the full extent of the military crisis and proposes bold new solutions to revolutionize the armed services. Instead of spending trillions of dollars to update obsolete weapons systems, he argues, the Department of Defense should take advantage of recent advances in computing, communications, and satellite technology and bring our military into the Information Age. These changes―collectively known in defense circles as the Revolution in Military Affairs or RMA―would transform the way that America wages war, bringing about a smaller, stronger, and more flexible military better able to monitor enemy forces in real time and thereby counter the "fog of war" that has bedeviled commanders throughout history. Lifting the Fog of War offers both an insider's account of today's armed forces and a vital blueprint for a more effective and affordable military tomorrow. For the paperback edition, the author has written a new preface about the Bush administration's attitudes toward military reform.

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In his classic book On War, Carl von Clausewitz famously wrote: "War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty." Ever since, "the fog of war" has been a standard concept in military theory. But now, says Admiral William A. Owens, the time has come to lift that fog with technology currently in development. Such technology may soon "revolutionize the way we conduct military operations," writes the author, who is the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (America's second-highest-ranking officer) and now heads Teledesic. "In a future conflict," says Owens, "an Army corps commander in his field headquarters will have instant access to a live, three-dimensional image of the entire battlefield displayed on a computer screen, an image generated by a network of sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, reconnaissance aircraft, and special operations soldiers on the ground. The commander will know the precise location and activity of enemy units--even those attempting to cloak their movements by operating at night, in poor weather, or hiding behind mountains or under trees." Yet Lifting the Fog of War is not merely high-tech happy talk. Owens is deeply concerned about U.S. military readiness: "The military as we know it is in trouble," he writes. "The impending collapse of our military capability in the oncoming 'defense train wreck' must occupy center stage in the 2000 presidential election." This book is at once an engaging review of recent military history, a gripping vision of what may come, and a compelling call to arms. --John J. Miller

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"Owens makes a compelling case that... the U.S. is not adequately preparing for the battles of the future."—Jay Winik, Wall Street Journal

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