UDC 355.01:316.462]:327(73)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 70 (2019)
Vol. 70, No 1176, pp. 43-62

Original scientific paper
Received: 25 Sep 2019
Accepted: 25 Oct 2019


Korać Srđan T. (Autor je viši naučni saradnik u Institutu za međunarodnu politiku i privredu, Beograd), srdjan@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The paper examines recent and plausible advancements in military technology primarily regarding the soldiers’ ability to execute their combat missions as a prerequisite of the effective conduct of disciplining wars as a means of US control policy over planetary periphery in the early 21st century. The departing assumption is that, in addition to the material resources, military power is one of the basic preconditions for successful warfare because the victory in the battle is heavily conditioned by the combat effectiveness – the ability and willingness to confront the enemy in an organised way. The asymmetrical nature of US military interventions and their projecting into predominantly urban and civilian environments define a military strategic, operational and tactical framework in which advanced and sophisticated technologies cannot replace land operations. The author emphasises that the technological advancements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution necessarily involve the transformation of land forces, especially the infantry, since inflicting a decisive blow on enemy forces still requires a human presence on the battlefield. The analysis focuses on the application of the actual and plausible inventions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the fields of biotechnology, neuroscience, electronics, informatics, and robotics aimed at enhancing the mental and physical abilities of a soldier. The author concludes that despite the possible ad hoc resistance from users and political decision-makers themselves, there are realistic expectations that hybridisation of the human body and technological enhancements may be created in the near future, but warns that the creation of cyborg soldiers with superhuman properties might pave just one more avenue for US hegemony to reaffirm itself over the rest of the world, particularly over the global periphery.

Keywords: military power, advanced technologies, land operations, cyborg soldier, body, USA