Has Warfare Changed? Sorting Apples from Oranges

July 8, 2002

Information age technologies have caused a revolution in military affairs. The claim is almost trite. One needs only to read the newspapers, listen to the radio, watch television, or travel to realize, however, that there has been no corresponding revolution in the human heart or in human affairs. Military and civilian strategists alike must attend to this paradox, for from it springs an important distinction: the difference between the conduct of war and the nature of war. Not only are the conduct and nature of war different, but also the former is ever-changing while the latter is not; further, the difference has important practical consequences.