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Carnage and ConnectivityLandmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power$
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David Betz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190264857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.001.0001

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War Without Chance

War Without Chance

Something Better Than War

(p.45) 3 War Without Chance
Carnage and Connectivity

David Betz

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the efforts of armed forces to eliminate chance in warfare through the use of electronic systems and information technology. It explains why these efforts have proved fruitless and even counter-productive in practice. It touches upon the sources of such ideas in contemporaneous business and wider societal thinking. It shows how less technologically-capable opponents developed adequate countermeasures to attempts to subdue them with long-range precision force.

Keywords:   Chance in war, Revolution in Military Affairs, Friction

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