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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare: The Usa, China, and Strategic Stability

James Johnson

This volume offers an innovative and counter-intuitive study of how and why AI-infused weapon systems will affect the strategic stability between nuclear-armed states. Johnson demystifies the hype surrounding AI in the context of nuclear weapons and, more broadly, future warfare. The book highlights the potential, multifaceted intersections of this and other disruptive technology - robotics and autonomy, cyber, drone swarming, big data analytics, and quantum communications - with nuclear stability.

The book sketches a clear picture of the potential impact of AI on the digitized battlefield and broadens our understanding of critical questions for international affairs. AI will profoundly change how wars are fought, and how decision-makers think about nuclear deterrence, escalation management, and strategic stability - but not for the reasons you might think.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publish Date: Aug 27th, 2024
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781526179081
  • Categories: Artificial Intelligence - GeneralGeneralWars & Conflicts - General

About the Author

James Johnson is Lecturer and Director of Strategic Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen.
Praise for this book

'This superb book is a technical tour de force with a timely approach to emerging challenges to nuclear deterrence. In this way, it has significant potential to inform current policy among states as they contemplate - for example - the growth of Chinese nuclear forces.'
Rose Gottemoeller, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

'Johnson has crafted a superb narrative that examines the strategic risks of artificial intelligence and its potential impact on deterrence, stability and the maintenance of nuclear weapon capabilities. His evidence-based recommendations on the responsible application of artificial intelligence will provide policy makers and strategists with a range of ethical responses to the dilemmas of using non-human cognitive functions in national security.'
Major General Mick Ryan

'Artificial intelligence and the future of warfare present the reader with a clear and elegant understanding of artificial intelligence as it provides a robust technical foundation concerning key technological advances in the evolution of AI for a non-technical audience.'
Augusto C. Dall'Agnol, Journal of Strategic Studies

'With Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare, James Johnson truly advances the conversation around intelligence, strategic stability, and technology. Johnson is undoubtedly well-positioned to write this book given his education as a Political Scientist, lengthy career working in China, and intellectual interest in emerging technology, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI). While there are similar books on the intersection of emerging technology and geopolitics, Johnson's work stands out since it addresses how AI influences intelligence collection and analysis which in turn shapes a state's perception and actions. This approach is novel making Johnson's contribution well-worth the time for strategic strategists.'
Mark Grzegorzewski, Intelligence and National Security

'A significant contribution to the wave of recent scholarship on the potential implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for strategic warfare and great power competition. It is a must-read for strategic studies scholars, decision-makers, and military leaders.'
Reuben Steff, Defense & Security Analysis

'The book provides a good and comprehensive perspective on the nu-clear power play and strategic stability and how it is shaped by new technological developments.'
Thomas Reinhold and Christian Reuter, Z AuBen Sicherheitspolit (2022)