Academic journal article Military Review

DEATH BY MODERATION: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons

Academic journal article Military Review

DEATH BY MODERATION: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons

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DEATH BY MODERATION: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons, David A. Koplow, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010, 263 pages, $28.99.

Conflicts of the world cannot usually be solved with large-scale military intervention. The use of military force must be precise and calculated, including the elimination of threats with limits on collateral damage. During the U.S. military's quest for usable weapons, "we must strive to make the best possible weapon tailored for the fi ght on today's battlefi elds." Both the Iraq and Afghanistan confl icts have stressed the need to keep civilian casualties to a minimum, while still accomplishing the mission.

David A. Koplow's Death by Moderation underlines the importance of paying attention to how the United States modernizes its weapon systems. Koplow's topics include antipersonnel land mines, nuclear weapons, and emerging technologies labeled as nonlethal weapons. He also discusses law of armed confl ict and military affairs, outlining how the United States fi ghts today's wars and how operations will be conducted and new weapons will be used by future forces. …

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