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An advent to Strategic experiences addresses many of the significant questions that govern either diplomacy and human survival. This booklet presents a accomplished creation to the center suggestions of latest strategic pondering. It argues that strategic reviews is ready the effect of army know-how on family among states, and that its specialized contribution should always be visible in the broader context of overseas financial and political relations.
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The same links that enabled the centre to exercise command and control over widely-scattered forces also served to feed information about local conditions into the central command. Without such information, command authorities would not have an adequate basis on which to make decisions about strategy. In addition, the electronics technology that spawned radio communication also gave rise to detection devices like radio location, radar and sonar, and later to information-processing computers of enormous power.
The theme from Chapter 2 of the close relationship between civil and military technology continues to be central here, and it ties into the argument that the process of spread is uneven and incomplete. Particularly important is the fact that the military products of the technological revolution have been much more widely diffused by the arms trade than has capability to produce them. 1 THE INTERACTION BETWEEN SPREAD AND QUALITATIVE ADVANCE The unequal distribution of military capability was a normal feature of the international system before, as well as after, the technological revolution.
This has remained perhaps its principal effect down to 20 Military Technology and Strategy the present day, where nuclear weapons dominate the strategy of the great powers. Earlier innovations often made only marginal differences in capability: there was not all that much to choose from, for example, between the firepower performance of a medieval crossbow or longbow and that of a seventeenth-century smoothbore musket. Firepower began to increase in the 1840s, with the widespread replacement of muzzle-loading muskets by much fasterfiring breech-loading rifles.