Academic journal article Parameters

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Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

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After an intense period of internal reorganization, Parameters opens its long-awaited Winter 2018-2019 issue with a Special Commentary, "Civil-Military Relations and Today's Policy Environment" by Thomas Garner. Garner suggests US civil-military relations may have come to a crossroads where the rift between American citizens and their military has grown too great to be ignored any longer.

Our first forum, Coercion: New Means & Methods, features two articles that discuss underexplored ways of achieving strategic coercion. The first contribution, "Social Media Warriors: Leveraging a New Battlespace" by Buddhika Jayamaha and Jahara Matisek, explains how certain hostile parties have created a new battlespace consisting of the internet, social media, and other means of communication to foment social and political discontent within Western-style democracies. No less novel, David Katz's contribution, "Multidimensionality: Rethinking Power Projection for the 21st Century," explains how American military strategists might incorporate multidimensional power projection into their planning processes to counter gray-zone adversaries.

The second forum, Technological Innovation: Problems & Prospects, addresses the double-edged nature of technology. The first article, "High-Energy Laser Weapons: Overpromising Readiness" by Ash Rossiter, discusses some of the facts and fictions associated with modern laser weapons within the context of today's great-power competition. …

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