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War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today.

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today.

By Max Boot

Gotham Books, 2006, 640 pp.
Finding the Target: The Transformation  of American Military Policy.

Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy.

By Frederick W. Kagan

Encounter Books, 2006, 432 pp.

The idea of a "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) based on new information technology (IT) has sparked the imagination of defense intellectuals and policymakers for nearly three decades. In that time, it has also guided a sizable chunk of the U.S. Defense Department's experiments and investments in new technology. The related but ill-defined notion of a "military transformation" even found its way into candidate George W. Bush's campaign rhetoric in 2000. And transforming the U.S. military became Donald Rumsfeld's chief goal when he was named Bush's secretary of defense after the election.

Six years later, U.S. forces are

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