Deglobalization and International Security

by T. X. Hammes


"TX Hammes brings together the fields of international political economy and security studies in a way that makes important contributions to both areas. ... Published as part of the Cambria Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security series, this work clearly meets the editor’s goal of “providing policy makers, practitioners, analysts, and academics with in-depth analysis of fast-moving topics that require urgent yet informed debate. ... Hammes leverages his extensive academic work and impressive military experience to present a thought-provoking glimpse into the long look ahead.” —Strategy Bridge

"This book is a fascinating contribution to the discussion on future warfare, and one that would appeal to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency scientists and World Bank economists alike. ... The intellectual curiosity and astute observations covering science, technology, economics, history, politics, and military strategy packed into the book make it a compelling and thoughtful read. Although replete with some fairly pessimistic assessments of such future wars—they are, Hammes argues, likely to be “bloodier, longer, and more financially ruinous” than those of today—the final chapter constructively navigates a path for American forces to follow in order to adapt to such changes (195). Hammes bluntly lays out the inescapable impact new technologies will have on force structure and raises important questions for military planners regarding shifts in investment from legacy systems to new ones. ... Overall, Hammes’ assessment of the economic drivers of current and future change is convincing." —Parameters

"Provides an often sobering look at the changes the world is experiencing and the challenges it presents to both military and civil readers. Tying in rapid economic change to larger picture strategic considerations, this work is a good read for academics as well as those in leadership roles in the armed services or industry." —Naval Institute Proceedings

"T.X. Hammes has written a thought-provoking book about the revolutionary impact that advancements in science and new weapons of war will have on societies, the world order, and the United States. His ideas about a Fourth Industrial Revolution and the 'deglobalization' it will spur should be considered and debated by security professionals the world over—particularly those in the U.S. defense establishment. Highly recommended!" —Robert O. Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense

“Blending his usual provocative thinking with penetrating insights into future technological developments, Dr. Hammes offers a perceptive look into our future. The implications of this assessment are both lucidly presented and profound. Deglobalization and International Security will surely prove invaluable to Congress and the defense policy community.” —F. G. Hoffman, Ph.D., Foreign Policy Research Institute

“This is a remarkable book. Timely, extensively researched, and wide ranging, it addresses interacting challenges that will have profound economic, political and security implications. Not only are these already happening faster than many realize, but they are accelerating. Dr. Hammes raises important questions about current and planned U.S. force structure, the rising costs of intervention, and the changing character of war. I recommend it highly. ” — Linton Wells II, Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow, National Defense University


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