The Technological Arsenal:
Emerging Defense Capabilities
William C. Martel, ed.
Smithsonian Institution, 2001, 284 pages
This is a collection of military policy articles
discussing new and experimental defense technologies, including directed-energy
weapons, high-power microwaves, cruise missiles, nonlethal technologies
(such as adhesive spray foam), and information warfare. The articles discuss
their policy and treaty implications and possible uses of these new technologies
from a strategic standpoint. There is little or no technical information
on the systems themselves.
With the exception of cruise missiles and satellites, most of these
technologies are still at a primitive stage of development.
It is clearly important for America to investigate these technologies,
if for no other reason than to devise countermeasures should they be
deployed by an adversary. The articles vary widely in the amount of
insight brought to bear on the problem.
July 6, 2002