chapter  3
20 Pages

SIGHTS OF WAR

The trend in military technology is clear: ‘new global networks of sensors keeping track in real time of most targets…and long-range, non-nuclear, very accurate weapon delivery systems embedded in that network-all tied together with digital computers’.1 This became quite apparent in the war against Iraq, and the role of vision technologies in these systems was even more clear.2 Military strategy has always been about seeing and not being seen; about combining vision with stealth. It is the increasing automation and systemation of this principle, however, that makes the new generation of weapons ‘smart’ and even ‘brilliant’.