An urgent, prescient, and expert look at how future technology will change virtually every aspect of war as we know it and how we can respond to the serious national security challenges ahead. Future war is almost here: battles fought in cyberspace, biologically enhanced soldiers, autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink. A leading expert on the place of technology in war and intelligence, Robert H. Latiff, now teaching at the University of Notre Dame, has spent a career in the military researching and developing new combat technologies, observing the cost of our unquestioning embrace of innovation. At its best, advanced technology acts faster than ever to save the lives of soldiers; at its worst, the deployment of insufficiently considered new technology can have devastating unintended or long-term consequences. The question of whether we can is followed, all too infrequently, by the question of whether we should. In Future War, Latiff maps out the changing ways of war and the weapons technologies we will use to fight them, seeking to describe the ramifications of those changes and what it will mean in the future to be a soldier. He also recognizes that the fortunes of a nation are inextricably linked with its national defense and how its citizens understand the importance of when, how, and according to what rules we fight. What will war mean to the average American? Are our leaders sufficiently sensitized to the implications of the new ways of fighting? How are the attitudes of individuals and civilian institutions shaped by the wars we fight and the means we use to fight them? And, of key importance: How will soldiers themselves think about war and their roles within it? The evolving, complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention to the issues that will confront us before it is too late to control them. Decrying what he ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnathan McClain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005278/bk_rand_005278_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Future War:Preparing for the New Global Battlefield Vintage Robert H. Latiff
In the Spring of 1864, the two greatest generals of the Civil War met on the battlegrounds of Virginia to determine the outcome of the war and the future of America. Their actions in the Overland Campaign define the qualities that made them exceptional leaders - qualities just as relevant in modern business settings.Filled with riveting battlefield scenes, Lee & Grant showcases the generals´ legendary skills and illustrates many crucial values. Lee and Grant both exhibited exceptional intelligence, problem-solving skills, and the innate ability to garner the respect of every person in their command. Today´s leaders will find an invaluable business asset in their legacy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Knighton Bliss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001688/bk_adbl_001688_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
They were four exceptional soldiers, a new generation asked to save an army that had been hollowed out after Vietnam. They survived the military´s winnowing to reach its top echelon. They became the Army´s most influential generals in the crucible of Iraq. Collectively, their lives tell the story of the Army over the last four decades and illuminate the path it must travel to protect the nation over the next century. In The Fourth Star, you´ll follow: Gen. John Abizaid, one of the Army´s most brilliant minds. Fluent in Arabic, he forged an unconventional path in the military to make himself an expert on the Middle East, but this unique background made him skeptical of the war he found himself leading. Gen. George Casey Jr., the son of the highest-ranking general to be killed in the Vietnam War. Casey had grown up in the Army and won praise for his common touch and skill as a soldier. He was determined not to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam but would take much of the blame as Iraq collapsed around him. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, an emotional, take-charge leader who, more than any other senior officer, felt the sting of the Army´s failures in Iraq. He drove his soldiers, the chain of command, and the U.S. government to rethink the occupation plans - yet rarely achieved the results he sought. Gen. David Petraeus, a driven soldier-scholar. Determined to reach the Army´s summit almost since the day he entered West Point, he sometimes alienated peers with his ambition and competitiveness. When he finally got his chance in Iraq, he - more than anyone - changed the Army´s conception of what was possible.Masterfully written and richly reported, The Fourth Star ranges far beyond today´s battlefields, evoking the Army´s tumultuous history since Vietnam through these four captivating lives and ultimately revealing a fascinating irony: In an institution that prizes obedience, the most eff... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard McGonagle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002076/bk_rand_002076_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first aircraft to appear in the skies over the battlefields of World War I showed few signs of the dominant future of airplanes in warfare. Small, fragile, and slow, they provided no hint of the sleek jet fighters that would one day slash across the skies of Earth faster than sound to unleash the lethal blast and fire of sophisticated missiles, or the bombers able to level an entire city with one nuclear bomb. That said, they did not represent a complete novelty in warfare either, at least not during the early months of World War I. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072269/bk_acx0_072269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The highly anticipated new blockbuster by the best-selling author of The Perfumer´s Secret. Alexandra Frobisher, a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England´s famous chocolate-making town of York, has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra: love. Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together? At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man´s possession is a secret love note tucked inside a tin of chocolates that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the king. In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree´s chocolate factory in England´s north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew´s. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future. From the battlefields of Northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life...and of chocolate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katy Sobey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002887/bk_boli_002887_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rick Shelley’s Federation War trilogy begins with a novel that takes you through the barracks corridors and the trenches of war, bringing the war of the future home with a combination of battlefield action and home-town heroics. For Doug Weintraub of the Buchanan Planetary Commission, it begins with a fuzzy call, quickly cut off. Federation troops have invaded his world. The battle they’ve long feared and tried to avoid is coming. Now it’s time to seek help, to launch a rocket into Q Space, and hope for Second Commonwealth troops to arrive - and soon. Aboard the Starship Victoria, it begins differently. It’s a short, unexpected message on the screen for Sergeant David Spencer of the Royal Marines. New orders - surprising ones - that will send him and his men to an independent frontier world that’s become a new front in the war between the Commonwealth and Federation. Doug Weintraub and David Spencer soon find themselves in unexpected roles - a skilled warrior in the Royal Marines side-by-side with a back-world farmer. They’ll need each other to keep the Federation at bay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007887/bk_adbl_007887_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is 1915. 17-year-old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme. Corpse worms crawling over the faces of soldiers soon to die, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. She feels stifled by her over-protective mother and restrictive father. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - for who wants to see the end of their own story...? But Alexandra is a heroine resourceful enough to try to change the path of Fate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Maxwell Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000212/bk_orio_000212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The triumphant seventh novel in the bestselling phenomenon that is the Outlander series. The year is 1777. The place, North Carolina. And as the American rebellion grows in intensity, Highlander Jamie Fraser and his wife Claire need to decide which side their family is going to be on. The choice should be an easy one, given that Claire was born in the twentieth century and has already seen the future - in history books. But things are never simple where the Frasers are concerned, as father and son unwittingly come face to face on the battlefield, and an old adversary reaches forward in time to threaten the next generation. Up to now, Claire and Jamie´s love has survived every danger history has put in their path, but in the chaos of war, with families bitterly divided against each other, is the future finally going to catch up with them?
General Samuel Draden is revered for his work on the battlefield, but he is also a secret student of doctrine and scripture. The ancient tomes he holds give him the best insight into the future - not only for his soldiers but also for the entire human race. Draden and the rest of the world have been plunged into the end times depicted by so many world religions. As prophecy becomes reality, Draden will have to use his knowledge to predict the catastrophes to come. Responsible for these disasters is Chancellor Darius, an evil man who used worldwide unrest to appoint himself global leader. He divided Earth into 10 sectors and now rules over each one with an iron fist. Draden, on the other hand, is a major force in the resistance. He and his commanders are slowly but surely gaining ground. Draden refuses to believe that the human race ends here and now, under the boot-heel of a dictator. They may be living in the end times, but the world hasn´t ended yet! Draden and his allies will do whatever it takes to show Darius the formidable and steadfast power of the human spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Jane Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112332/bk_acx0_112332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.