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Arms and the Man, led by technology

It should be recognised that technological and geopolitical changes have removed a democratic check on government, and it is time to take stock.

It is time for US citizens to recognise that, manned by volunteers and mercenaries, powered by high-tech machinery, and financed substantially by foreign-floated government debt, America's war machine is increasingly off the public's radar.

New Haven

US DEFENCE Secretary nominee Ashton Carter's background in physics and technology is a reflection of the technological demands of modern warfare. Less well understood is that the nomination also signals the continuing erosion of manpower's part in America's armed forces.


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