"This monograph analyzes the effects of globalization on the international system as reflected in the changing nature of war. The attacks of 11 September, 2001 were greatly different from any other attack suffered by the United States and require a new paradigm for analysis and experimentation. Three aspects of the American concept of war have undergone significant change: the rise of non-state actors in international affairs, the impact of 'real time' information on perception, and a shift in objective and permissible levels of violence. The future of war is closely tied to globalization and the military will continue to conduct operations that are different in scope and scale from wars against other nation-states. The Global War on Terror is a new form of war that must be carefully analyzed and understood in order for the United States to successfully prosecute it."
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