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    Kevin Dockery(Author)

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On the battlefield, a soldier's best friends are his gun and his gear-because his life depends on them. But what will it take to fight and survive on the battlefields of tomorrow? What will those combat arenas consist of, and where will they be? And what will our nation's fighting men and women carry with them into battle?

This is a compendium of the weapons of war that may accompany our soldiers in the near and far future, as well as an insightful look at the soldier, sailor, and airman of today and tomorrow. All manner of military hardware is covered, as well as information about cutting-edge technology that will become standard in weapons to come, the possibility of robotic soldiers, vehicles, protective armor, and the prospects of fighting a war in both space and cyberspace.

Kevin Dockery has been a soldier in the President's Guard under Presidents Nixon and Ford, a grade-school teacher, radio broadcaster, gunsmith, and historian. He even spent time in Iraq and Kuwait during Desert Storm as what he refers to as a “corporate mercenary.” As a noted military historian, he has written a number of books on the history of the Navy SEALs and the lives of the men who lived that history. He is the author of Weapons of the Navy SEALs, Future Weapons, Stalkers and Shooters, Operation Thunderhead, and the Navy SEALs Oral History series.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Kevin Dockery(Author)
  • Dutton Caliber; Reprint edition (December 4, 2007)
  • English
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  • By Kenneth Robley on November 26, 2011

    This is a difficult review for me to write, as I am a fan of Kevin Dockery's work. I was actually disappointed with this book on a number of levels. First, the book it titled "Future Weapons" but this is a bit misleading. Actually it is more of an overview of the evolution of the weapons carried by today's soldier.Despite being titled "Future Weapons", there's not much in this book that is actually "new". As an example, the HK MP7 has been in service since 2001. The P90 produced by FN Herstal has been in service since since the late 80's.Mr. Dockery devotes a lot of ink to a number of weapons that have been cancelled, are currently being developed, or are under evaluation. While this information is interesting, it is not reflective of the weapons currently being used around the world.Mr. Dockery prefaces each section with a brief account of an action fought in a military conflict. An example is an account of a helicopter being downed on a covert mission, and one of the survivors defending his injured comrades with a handgun. Interesting, but somehow this doesn't belong in a book on weapons. I don't know if Mr. Dockery was paid on a "per word" basis, but it seems to be nothing more than an attempt to bulk up the size of the book.The book in lavishly illustrated with black & white photographs. Unfortunately, the quality of the photographs is not consistant. These photographs frequently show Mr. Dockery firing the weapon(s) being discussed. This makes it rather difficult to gather details about the weapon(s) from the photographs illustrating the book.

  • By Yogi Shan on April 15, 2013

    excellent review of the state of the art of small armsthorough, current, well written; blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

  • By Claudio Altieri on July 8, 2008

    I just finished reading one of Kevin Dockery last works, Future Weapons.I haven't words to describe this book such was the surprise when I finally got it in my hands.It's no manual at all, not in the classic way, but a book bred and true on the history and technical aspect of modern (and not so modern) firearms but is so well written I just devoured it in little more than a week and you must consider that I'm not an English speaker so reading a book in a foreign language is a little tiring, you know.Well, this one wasn't tiring at all; is pleasant even knowing that it's a "techbook" of sort; the author deals with each and every subject in a very interesting way: from the little narratives opening each main chapter of the book to the single entries, all the themes are met with historical and technical notes without getting boring even for a novice or for a casual reader.Last but not least, the appendixes are marvellously done even for a gun geek like me, the data on the pieces described in the main text are exactly what I expected from the author of the immortal "The Armory" of many years ago, even better than those on the more famous (and my opinion, not so well done) Jane's Infantry Weapons.I liked this book so much that I've ordered for my personal collection another hardbound copy, so I just hope you'll like it as well.

  • By Guest on April 27, 2017

    Highly detailed coverage of most , (if not all), modern small arms now in use, or in consideration of. Includes some Russian weapons, and sidearms , plus their technical data for reference points. Enough for anyone remotely interested. SAA.

  • By John J. Browne on March 5, 2013

    This book while informative is not what the description would lead you to expect. It is really an overview of current weapon systems and in some instances weapons system presently in development. The book focuses on "Rifles", "Pistols" etc and only has a few pages on lasers. Due to the title I was expecting a greater focus on FUTURE weapons not on weapons which in some cases have been around for decades.

  • By J. Crivelli on August 8, 2007

    Kevin Dockery has written a number of histories of the US Navy SEALs.He has also authored two other reference works on SEAL weapons and equipment.Future Weapons is his latest update of weapons. It's both readable and a good reference. The narrative portions are well written and researched.I especially enjoyed his historical overview of each class of weapon.


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