The World: A Battlefield Post-Mortem

Every war undergoes an autopsy. Even before the last guns are silenced, military experts start examining each thrust, parry and feint of the armies on the battlefields, hoping to discover a yet unknown tactic or a new strategic wrinkle. Post-mortems on the latest Middle East war have begun. Computers at NATO'S Brussels headquarters, for example, are being fed data from the war that, according to a NATO spokesman, will "test whether the battle effectiveness of some weapons has changed."

Some basic questions have already been raised by experts about conventional ideas of how to...

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