By Fred Charles Iklé
In this eloquent and impassioned e-book, security 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 international locations generating nuclear guns, yet those menaces are only far away thunder that foretells the collection storm.
It is the darkish aspect of technological development that explains this rising main issue. Globalization promises the unfold of latest applied sciences, no matter if invaluable or damaging, and this proliferation reaches past North Korea, Iran, and different rogue states. our best danger is a crafty tyrant gaining ownership of some guns of mass destruction. His objective wouldn't be to wreck landmarks, highjack airplanes, or assault railroad stations. He may annihilate a nation's govt from inside and suppose dictatorial energy. the 20 th century bargains bright examples of tyrants who've exploited significant nationwide mess ups by means of rallying violent fans and intimidating a whole nation.
To clarify how we now have turn into so susceptible, Iklé turns to heritage. a few 250 years in the past, technology used to be free of political and spiritual constraints, inflicting a cultural cut up within which one a part of our tradition remained lively via faith and politics whereas the opposite turned guided via technological know-how. seeing that then, technological growth and the evolving political order march to assorted drummers. technological know-how advances at an accelerating velocity whereas faith and politics circulation 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 useful measures that may effortlessly be carried out to assist us evade the worst disaster.
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