Information in War

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264 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781647122638 ()

264 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781647122645 ()

ISBN: 9781647122652

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October 2022
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Information in War
Military Innovation, Battle Networks, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Benjamin M. Jensen, Christopher Whyte, and Scott Cuomo
An in-depth assessment of innovations in military information technology informs hypothetical outcomes for artificial intelligence adaptations

In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) will revolutionize the way we live and the way we wage war. Military organizations that best innovate and adapt to this AI revolution will gain significant advantages over rivals. Great powers such as the United States, China, and Russia are investing in novel sensing, reasoning, and learning technologies that will alter how militaries observe, orient, decide, and act in relation to the enemy and environment. This will fundamentally change how we conceptualize the national security enterprise.

In Information in War: Military Innovation, Battle Networks, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence, Benjamin M. Jensen, Christopher Whyte, and Scott Cuomo provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between information, organizational dynamics, and military power. They analyze past examples of successes and failures with innovations in military information technologies and demonstrate how militaries can avoid common obstacles to achieve effective adoption.

Information in War concludes with four hypothetical outcomes of how the US military may use AI by 2040 to help imagine and prepare for a range of possible futures.
Benjamin M. Jensen is a professor at the Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College; senior fellow for future war, gaming, and strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a scholar in residence at American University's School of International Service; and a major in the US Army Reserve.

Christopher Whyte is an assistant professor at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lt. Col. Scott Cuomo (USMC) is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the Marine Corps representative on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.
"In the flood of new books on AI, this one stands out. It does not simply speculate on how AI might be adopted. Instead, it analyzes how new technology adoption is driven more by social, economic, and political processes than by the potential value of the technology itself. . . Information in War is an essential read for those shepherding AI along the tortuous path to effective employment."—Dr. T.X. Hammes, distinguished research fellow, National Defense University

Table of Contents
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1. Will Artificial Intelligence Change War?
2. An Information Theory of Military Innovation
3. The Uncertain Rise of Radar
4. Creating the First Computerized Battle Network
5. The Revolution in Military Affairs
6. The Global Battle Network
7. Using the Past to Chart Alternative Futures
About the Authors