The Strategic Advantage Of Technology

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Historically, strategists have overestimated the strategic advantage of technology. Gray noted that Lieutenant General Rudolf von Caemmerer, a renowned German strategist during the early 20th Century, over-valued the impact of the telegraph, when in 1905, he wrote, “However much the enemy may have succeeded in placing himself between our armies, we can still amply communicate…over an arc of a hundred or two hundred or four hundred miles”. While the telegraph indeed helped mitigate the “tyranny of distance” between armies stretched across Europe, it also created a dangerous reliance that diminished focus on dealing with the real fog and friction of war. In the end, the German Army in 1914, relying violently on the telegraph, was unable…show more content…
This reliance on technology to defeat the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat has effectively crippled mobility, creating one of the slowest forces in the modern era. Chris Lowe from Small War Journals states, “The MRAP has yet to prove its place in future service equipment plans. The gas-guzzling MRAP could impose a strain on logistics…and could run counter to the intent of counterinsurgency doctrine, which stresses close contact with the population” (Small War Journals). Both examples highlight that reliance on technology as a ways versus a means can hinder military forces against an irregular enemy threat. Looking at the even more recent NATO campaign against the Moammar Gadhafi-led Libyan government, it is obvious that strategy is being created around technology, rather than technology being nested into strategy. In Libya, the might of air power was the technology around which the strategy was developed. NATO leaders argued that bombing the Libyan Army would clear the way for anti-Gadhafi forces, which would lead to an overthrow and a more pro-Coalition government. Oren Dorell of USA Today says, “The strategy in Libya in 2011 was for a U.S.-led NATO air campaign to reinforce Libyan rebels, with NATO forces partnering with moderate rebel groups to create a more stable Libya. In the end,
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