From Sarissa To Cyber Warfare

The course will survey the history of decisive military technologies that have caused a Revolution in Military Affairs, resulting not only in new tactics and strategies but changing the course of civilization and world history. For example, ancient Macedonia’s King Phillip II (382-336 BC) introduction of the sarrisa—a spear measuring about 18 feet in length, much longer than those used by any other army of antiquity—became the basis for a revolutionary new military formation, the Macedonian Phalanx, that enabled Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) to conquer the known world, spread Greek culture, and transform civilization into the Hellenistic Age (323-31 BC). The course is inspired by, and will seek to update and expand upon, strategic thinker Bernard Brodie’s classic 1962 book “From Crossbow To H-Bomb: The Evolution of the Weapons and Tactics of Warfare” that contributed to the development of nuclear deterrence and arms control as “the answer” to the Revolution in Military Affairs caused by the invention of nuclear weapons. Most of the course will focus on the present era and the future, on new military technologies that could potentially cause a Revolution in Military Affairs and potentially change the course of civilization. For example: new generation nuclear weapons for specialized effects; hypersonic weapons; artificial intelligence, including artificially intelligent delivery systems; space-based offensive and defensive weapons; and hyper-accurate weapons. Special attention will be given to EMP and combined-arms cyber warfare, described in the military doctrines of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as making possible a new way of warfare that will be the greatest Revolution in Military Affairs in history. Do we need new answers, or will the old suffice? Do we need to think beyond nuclear deterrence and arms control?

Speaker and Presenter Information

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a 501c3 nonprofit and Congressional Advisory Board dedicated to achieving protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyber attack, mass destruction terrorism and other threats to civilian critical infrastructures on an accelerated basis. Dr. Pry was also Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory board to Congress on policies to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Other Federal Agencies, Coast Guard, National Guard Association, Federal Government, State & Local Government

Event Type

Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Complimentary:    $ 0.00

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