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Not so disruptive after all: The 4IR, navies and the search for sea control

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Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and their applicability at sea now
dominate debates about the future of naval operations. This article examines
the extent to which such technologies, including autonomous and unmanned
weapon systems and artificial intelligence, will disrupt naval warfare. Using two
case studies, the South China Sea and the Baltic Sea, this article finds that in the
key operational output of attaining sea control these technologies will not
disrupt naval warfare. While they may intensify the competition between the
operational attributes of detection, stealth, range and lethality, they will ultimately sustain existing understandings of seapower and its strategic effects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2020

    Controlled Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Baltic
  • Military Technology
  • Military Innovation
  • Maritime Operations
  • East Asia
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