chapter  9
American strategy and policy in the age of terror
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The most important factor in the development of post-Cold War strategic theory has been the phenomenon of globalisation, which had already been underway for some time prior to the end of the twentieth century.1 Globalisation is the increasing process of interdependence and connectedness that has arisen in economic, social, political and military affairs. Consequently, even more so than their predecessors, contemporary military theorists must strive to understand the relationship between their subject and the undercurrents of change affecting the wider world. Unfortunately, many theorists have misread these changes as being the product primarily of what they perceive as an increasing need to rely on information technology. Americans, in particular, have been culpable of placing their faith in the notion of information dominance:

American strategic and military culture is incapable of offering much resistance to the seductive promise of a way of war that seeks maximum leverage from the exploitation of information technologies.2