New Rules of War
In its first term, the Obama administration worked hard to rollback one of the signature weapons of the 20th century, the nuclear bomb. Yet over the last four years, the United States also broke new ground in the use of new, revolutionary military technologies that may well become signature weapons of the 21st century. These encompass both physical systems, like unmanned aircraft ("drones"), and a new class of virtual weaponry, malware that can conduct a cyber attack with real world consequences.
The United States now has an opportunity to outline how it will deploy and use these weapons. This must address accountability, the applicability of existing rules of war and issues unaddressed, limitations on development or use, future scenarios, and the prospects for international cooperation. The effort to create a doctrine should draw upon past lessons from comparable situations such as Cold War nuclear doctrine, and culminate in a presidential speech.
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