The Taliban, not the West, won Afghanistan’s technological war

Despite their terrible human costs—or perhaps because of them—wars are often times of technological innovation. The Napoleonic Wars brought us canned goods; the American Civil War drove the development of submarines. The Second World War, meanwhile, began with biplanes, cavalry charges, and horse-drawn wagons but ended with radar, V2 rockets, jet fighters, and atomic bombs.…


This entry originally appeared at www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/23/1032459/afghanistan-taliban-war-technological-progress, and may be a summary or abridged version.