6. The author highlights that the inventionsin weapons technology will create a direct effect on America’s defensestrategies on land and sea, in air and in space, in turn reshaping militaryforces, America enters the twenty-first century as the dominant power in theworld.
5. American policy-makers will have to be very careful in managingthe necessary gradual transition from a military based on massed firepower to aleaner force built around precision-guided munitions.4.
The author concludes stating that the key to militarydomination in the 21st century will be conventional artillery preciselyapplied, and the willingness to use it. With unequalled command of computer,guidance munitions, radar and sensing technologies, the US is in a viableposition to efficiently utilise the high ground of space and attain a capabilityto engage in remote-control warfare in which pilotless vehicles are designed todeliver explosives at hyper speeds with lethal accuracy to enemy targetsanywhere on earth.3. Theauthor continues to make a series of informed predictions about the direction ofmilitary affairs as America makes way into a new century. The author believesthat the invention of firearms has been the first substantial and consequentialstep towards military revolution. The Gulf War of 1991 forms the centre of theauthor’s thinking in the book, where the the United States swiftly crushed an impressiveIraqi army. America suffered miniscule losses as casualties in this war.
The “smart”weapons, such as cruise missiles outshined the conventional Iraqi armaments. In The Futureof War, the author points out that the Age of Ballistics is on a declineand we are taking an upslope climb to a fundamentally new period, the Age ofPrecision-Guided Munitions (PGMs), smart weapons which will subsequently doaway with the traditional way of waging war. Guns and artillery have inherentlybeen inaccurate and they need to be fired multiple times to hit one target,these new projectiles are precise and lethally efficient; while ballisticweapons platforms need to be brought within range of the battlefield, PGMs candevastate from any distance. 2. The Future of War predicts that the twenty-first century, will show America’sglobal dominance due to revolution in weaponry and warfare. It will move fromthe era of cannons to the modern era of automatically operated weapons andheavy artillery. The waging of war-which has been changing and it has been relyingon the technology that began with the use of black powder to expel a projectilethrough a tube.
Friedmanwas born in Budapest, Hungaryto Jewish parents who survived the Holocaust.Friedman pursued political philosophy with his early workfocusing on Marxism,as well as international conflict, including examinationof the U.S.-Soviet relationshipfrom a military perspective. After the collapse of the Soviet Union,he studied potential for a U.S.
-Japan conflict.1. George Friedman is a U.S.
geopolitical forecaster, and strategist on international affairs. He is thefounder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication thatanalyzes and forecasts the course of global events. Prior to foundingGeopolitical Futures, Friedman was chairman of Stratfor,the private intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996.Friedman resigned from Stratfor in May 2015.