By Fred Charles Iklé
In this eloquent and impassioned e-book, protection specialist Fred Iklé predicts a revolution in nationwide safety that few strategists have grasped; fewer nonetheless are conscious of its old roots. we're preoccupied with suicide bombers, jihadist terrorists, and rogue countries generating nuclear guns, yet those menaces are simply far away thunder that foretells the collection storm.
It is the darkish facet of technological development that explains this rising quandary. Globalization promises the unfold of latest applied sciences, even if worthy or harmful, and this proliferation reaches past North Korea, Iran, and different rogue states. our best probability is a crafty tyrant gaining ownership of some guns of mass destruction. His function wouldn't be to ruin landmarks, highjack airplanes, or assault railroad stations. He may annihilate a nation's govt from inside of and imagine dictatorial strength. the 20th century deals bright examples of tyrants who've exploited significant nationwide failures by way of rallying violent fans and intimidating a whole nation.
To clarify how we've turn into so weak, Iklé turns to historical past. a few 250 years in the past, technology used to be free of political and non secular constraints, inflicting a cultural break up during which one a part of our tradition remained lively by way of faith and politics whereas the opposite grew to become guided by means of technology. for the reason that then, technological development and the evolving political order march to various drummers. technological know-how advances at an accelerating speed whereas faith and politics circulate alongside a zigzag direction. This divergence will widen and endanger the survival of all nations.
Drawing on his adventure as a Washington insider, Iklé outlines functional measures that can quite simply be carried out to assist us stay away from the worst disaster.
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