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Military gadgets : how advanced technology is transforming today's battlefield-- and tomorrow's
Evans, Nicholas D.
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Upper Saddle River, NJ : Financial Times Prentice Hall, [2004]

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xx, 265 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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UF503 .E94 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
UF503 .E94 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Coalition soldiers in the war in Iraq had access to the most extraordinary array of high-tech weapons ever created. In Military Gadgets, one of the world's leading consultants on emerging technology introduces more than 100 of today's most exciting and advanced military technologies--and tomorrow's. Gadgets expert Nicholas D. Evans offers easy-to-read descriptions of what each technology does, how it's used in combat and why it's better than traditional methods. Evans covers the entire spectrum of military hardware: electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and laser technologies; "tactical Internet" and "digital soldier" systems; autonomous underwater, aerial and mine-hunting vehicles; stealth technologies; smart bombs and global positioning systems; the MOAB; and more. Evans also describes advanced technological countermeasures used to detect and respond to WMD threats--including the JSLIST (Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology) protective suits, defensive missile systems and state-of-the-art monitoring stations. This book is a follow-up to Evans' recent bestseller, Consumer Gadgets, focusing on revolutionary products and technologies for consumer use.

The book covers 100+ state-of-the-art military technologies (those used in Operation Iraqi Freedom and some still in development) and includes a 16-page, 4-color insert featuring detailed photos of the equipment.

Author Notes

Nicholas D. Evans is a business and technology consultant, speaker, and best-selling author. He has been featured in and published more than 100 articles for publications ranging from Fortune and The Financial Times to Internet Week and Optimize magazine. Evans' Internet Week column on emerging technology has been running since 1997. Evans serves on several advisory boards and is President and CEO of Emerging Foundations, Inc.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Part I Today's Battlefieldp. 1
1 Air Warfarep. 7
B-1B Lancerp. 10
B-2 Spiritp. 12
B-52 Stratofortressp. 15
AV-8B Harrier II Plus (Harrier "Jump Jet")p. 17
F-117A Nighthawkp. 20
Merlin HM Mk-1 Helicopterp. 23
AH-64D Apache Longbowp. 25
E-3 Sentry (AWACS)p. 29
E-8C Joint STARSp. 32
RQ-1 Predatorp. 34
RQ-4A Global Hawkp. 37
Defense Satellite Communications Systemp. 39
Military Strategic and Tactical Relay Systemp. 42
Navstar Global Positioning Systemp. 44
PAVE PAWS Radar Systemp. 46
Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillancep. 48
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)p. 50
2 Ground Warfarep. 55
M1A1 Abramsp. 57
M2A3 and M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systemp. 60
Challenger 2 Main Battle Tankp. 62
Warrior Fighting Vehiclep. 65
Night Vision Goggles (AN/PVS-7)p. 67
Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technologyp. 70
M40/42 Chemical Biological Protective Masksp. 72
Marine Corps Combat Identification Programp. 74
Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Belowp. 76
Tactical Internetp. 79
3 Munitionsp. 83
GBU-28/GBU-37 "Bunker Buster"p. 86
BLU-114/B "Blackout Bomb"p. 88
BLU-82/B "Daisy Cutter"p. 90
Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bombp. 92
AGM-114B/K/M/N Hellfirep. 94
AIM-9 Sidewinderp. 96
Joint Direct Attack Munitionp. 98
AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weaponp. 101
Patriot Advanced Capability-3p. 104
Tomahawk Cruise Missilep. 106
LGM-30 Minuteman IIIp. 109
LG-118A Peacekeeperp. 113
Trident Fleet Ballistic Missilep. 115
4 Naval Warfarep. 119
Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrierp. 121
Aegis Weapons Systemp. 124
Ticonderoga-Class Cruisersp. 127
Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyersp. 130
Attack Submarines (SSN)p. 134
Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN)p. 139
Guided-Missile Submarines (SSGN)p. 142
Sea Shadow (IX 529)p. 144
Part II Tomorrow's Battlefieldp. 147
5 Air Warfarep. 153
F-35 Joint Strike Fighterp. 155
F-22 Raptorp. 158
RAH-66 Comanchep. 161
V-22 Ospreyp. 164
X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehiclep. 167
Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraftp. 170
Organic Air Vehiclep. 172
Hummingbird Warriorp. 175
Micro Air Vehiclep. 176
X-43A Hypersonic Flightp. 179
6 Ground Warfarep. 183
Future Combat Systemsp. 186
Unmanned Ground Combat Vehiclep. 188
Objective Force Warriorp. 191
Future Warriorp. 194
Terrorism Information Awarenessp. 197
Human Identification at a Distancep. 200
Evidence Extraction and Link Discoveryp. 202
Babylonp. 204
Brain Machine Interfacesp. 207
7 Munitionsp. 211
Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagementp. 213
Self-Healing Minefieldp. 215
Airborne Laserp. 218
Electromagnetic Pulsep. 221
8 Naval Warfarep. 225
CVN 21 Future Aircraft Carrierp. 227
DD(X) Land Attack Destroyerp. 229
CG(X) Cruiserp. 232
Littoral Combat Shipp. 234
Virginia-Class Submarinep. 237
Long-Term Mine Reconnaissance Systemp. 240
Glossaryp. 243
References and Web Sitesp. 253
Indexp. 255