"How Technology Impacts Doctrine in Asymmetric Warfare"

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Rozman, Jeremiah, Foreign Affairs - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Lynch, Allen, Political Science, University of Virginia
Sechser, Todd, Political Science, University of Virginia

How does technology impact military doctrine, and how does this in turn impact political support for offensive, preventative or preemptive military action? I study defensive weapons systems, specifically focusing on missile defense in the theoretical context of technology and defense-based strategies as a whole. Through the study of Israel’s use of Iron Dome, I aim to demonstrate that technology can be an exogenous factor affecting military doctrine. Through careful case study analysis, I demonstrate that operationally successful defensive technologies can lead to the adoption of a defensive military doctrine by decreasing the political cost of inaction to the extent that allowing attrition becomes politically less costly than launching an offensive.

MA (Master of Arts)
asymmetric warfare, security studies, military technology
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