Elizabeth A. Stanley. “Technology’s Double-Edged Sword: The Case of U.S. Army Battlefield Digitization,” Defense Analysis, Vol. 17, no. 3 (2001): 267-288.
How the Army has chosen to adopt new information technologies says much about its future professional jurisdiction. Successful digitization will be a double-edged sword for US Army professionalism, by creating both new jurisdictional opportunities and competition. On balance, the sword’s edge of competition is probably sharper than opportunity. Although the Army has capitalized on technological opportunities to enhance its war-fighting capability, it seems unwilling or unable to address the wider threats that such technological change could bring to its traditional jurisdiction.