Coming Out of the Close
Military LeadersWe often take for granted that the military itself would be a staunch supporter of high-technology electronic battle systems, especially given our television experience of the Gulf War. Interestingly, Edwards documents instances of military personnel rebelling against human soldiers being replaced by machines -- sometimes on the same grounds as civilians oppose being deskilled and displaced by computers, sometimes on the fears that totally automating war-making capabilities could result in horrible mistakes being made.
As Neil Postman says in Technopoly, those who are the greatest losers of a new technology are often tricked into being that technology1s biggest cheerleaders. Even, it seems, when the losers are the U.S. military.