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COLONEL CHARLES J. DUNLAP, JR. is a Staff Judge Advocate, 9th Air Force/U.S. Central Command Air Forces (USCENTAF). Colonel Dunlap earned his B.A. in history at St. Joseph’s University, his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law, graduated from the Air War College, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. In 1992 the Judge Advocates Association named him the U.S. Air Forces’ Outstanding Career Armed Forces Attorney, and in 1996 he received the Thomas P. Keenan, Jr. Award for international and operations law. He is a 1997 graduate of the National Security Management Course conducted by Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University. Colonel Dunlap has served in a variety of CONUS assignments as well as overseas. He deployed to Africa in 1992-93 during operations in Somalia (Operations PROVIDE RELIEF/ RESTORE HOPE) and to Saudi Arabia in 1994 (Operation VIGILANT WARRIOR). Most recently he deployed to the Middle East to serve as the legal advisor for Commander, USCENTAF, during Operation DESERT FOX’s strikes against Iraq in December 1998. Colonel Dunlap speaks widely on national security issues and is the author of such essays as The Law of Cyberwar; Asymmetrical Warfare and the Western Mindset; How We Lost the High-tech War of 2007; A Virtuous Warrior in a Savage World; Joint Vision 2010: A Red Team Assessment; Taming Shiva: Applying International Law to Nuclear Operations; 21st Century Land Warfare: Four Dangerous Myths; and The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012.
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Authored by Colonel Charles J. Dunlap, Jr..
The author starts from the traditional American notion that technology might offer a way to decrease the horror and suffering of warfare. He points out that historically this assumption is flawed in that past technological advances have only made warfare more—not less—bloody.