By Thomas Rid
War 2.0: abnormal war within the info Age argues that in detail attached grassroots trends―the upward thrust of insurgencies and the increase of the web―are placing smooth armies lower than large strain to evolve new different types of counterinsurgency to new types of social war.
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S. 4 “Today’s technology promises to make that possible,” Owen wrote, only one year before the United States invaded Afghanistan. 6 The intermediary years deserve a quick examination. S. victory against Saddam Hussein in the Persian Gulf War was stunning. President George H. W. ”7 The Cold War had just ended, and the coalition’s battleﬁeld successes in Iraq, achieved with the help of precisionguided munitions, superior satellite communications, and the sophisticated use of air power, highlighted the breathtaking potential of modernized forces at the dawn of the twenty-ﬁrst century.
But the airplane, it should be stressed, was chieﬂy used for reconnaissance, and thus “totally changed the nature of warfare,” one contemporary expert pointed out. ”34 In the war’s early phases, the pilots, “the eye of the army,”35 chieﬂy relied on what they could see and report for artillery ﬁre control, not on the camera. Yet soon the idea to use the camera to supplement the eye was contemplated. Interpreting aerial photographs, like interpreting X-ray images, became a task for specialists, who would “read” the landscape.
What previously was done by separate apparatuses has migrated onto the same platform: personal computers, ﬁrst desktop, then laptop, and ﬁnally handheld; ﬁrst stand-alone, then as local area networks, and eventually as cloud-computing. 0 arguably the most signiﬁcant technological development in communication in human history. The Web’s evolution can be structured into two main phases. The ﬁrst discussion of social interactions that could be enabled through the personal computer was initiated in 1962 by J.