Future War

Non-Lethal Weapons in Modern Warfare

John B. Alexander, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

Thomas Dunne Books

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The nature of warfare has changed! Like it or not, terrorism has established a firm foothold worldwide. Economics and environmental issues are inextricably entwined on a global basis and tied directly to national regional security. Although traditional threats remain, new, shadowy, and mercurial adversaries are emerging, and identifying and locating them is difficult. Future War, based on the hard-learned lessons of Bosnia, Haiti, Somalia, Panama, and many other trouble spots, provides part of the solution.

Non-lethal weapons are a pragmatic application of force, not a peace movement. Ranging from old rubber bullets and tear gas to exotic advanced systems that can paralyze a country, they are essential for the preservation of peace and stability. Future War explains exactly how non-lethal electromagnetic and pulsed-power weapons, the laser and tazer, chemical systems, computer viruses, ultrasound and infrasound, and even biological entities will be used to stop enemies. These are the weapons of the future.

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Part ITHE RATIONALEIt was late September 1996, and the autumn sun warmed the gently rolling hills of the Italian countryside as about 150 representatives of NATO countries met to discuss non-lethal weapons. San Piero a Grado, an Italian Navy research and development center located just north of Pisa, hosted the meeting—the first of its kind—and I had been invited to open the session on technology. My message was simple: The technology necessary for non-lethal weapons either exists or could be developed in a relatively short time. The real issue was for military officers to set requirements

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John B. Alexander, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

Colonel John B. Alexander's concepts have appeared in Michael Crichton's The Lost World, Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor, and other books. Future War is the first comprehensive book written by an expert in the field of non-lethal armaments. Colonel Alexander participated in the landmark Council on Foreign Relations study of non-lethal weapons and chaired the first major conferences on the topic. His extensive military experience includes commanding Green Berets in Vietnam as well as conducting research and development in advanced weapons. For five years, he was a deputy sheriff in Dade County, Florida. He developed the concept of Non-Lethal Defense at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and his work has brought him into contact with the Director of Central Intelligence and members of Congress, White House, and National Security Council staff. As NATO became interested, he served as a US representative on three international studies. He is currently the science director for a private research organization in Las Vegas and a consultant to the US government.

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Future War
Non-Lethal Weapons in Modern Warfare
John B. Alexander, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429970105
ISBN10: 1429970103
256 pages
$7.99
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