Postmodern War poses an urgent challenge to the ways we conceptualize and actually wage war in our high technology age. Computerization and artificial intelligence have brought about a revolution in warfare spawning both increasingly powerful weapons and a rhetoric which disguises their apocalyptic potential in catch phrases like "smart weapons" and "bloodless combat". Postmodern War examines: * contemporary practices of war, defining and critiquing trendy military doctrines hidden behind phrases like "Infowar" and "Cyberwar" * the roles of those who manipulate high technology, those who are manipulated by it, and those who are increasingly merging with it * the role of peace activists and socially responsible scientists in countering dangerous assumptions made by a postmodern military. Far from opposing technological change, however, Gray finds new hopes for peace in the twenty-first century. Provocative and far-reaching in its scope, the book argues that "postmodern war" has left us poised between the most dreadful and most utopian of alternatives: we may eradicate either the human race or war itself.