Hybrid and Next-Generation Warfare: The Future of Conflict.
The topic that I am looking at is the intersection of technology and warfare. We would often talk about the dangers and challenges from technology, and those are ones that are spread across the headlines in today’s context. Drone warfare or what cyber warfare is doing to make us all less secure and other things such as robotics, advanced intelligence, and the proliferation of technology against adversaries to both the United States and many other countries. Is conventional warfare — with set-piece battles fought with tanks, artillery, and massed troops — a thing of the past? In the 21st century, the rules of engagement appear to have changed. Wars today are defined by terrorist attacks and small, irregular forces that rely on cellphones, the Internet, and fanatical dedication as much as guns and explosives. In this kind of war, winning mind share can be as crucial as capturing cities. Moreover, it is forcing conventional armies to regroup and rethink strategy and tactics.
I want to talk about the opportunities of what technology can do to make warfare more precise to allow countries to execute their goals and better, more effective ways and ways that we can try to bring about some of the most vexing challenges that our military and defense planners face. (maybe the United State’s point of view).
Hybrid and Next-Generation Warfare: The Future of Conflict
I want to talk about how warfare has changed over the last decade and what role technology has played.
What are some of the new threats from China, Russia, and new state actors, and what should be keeping us up at night?
How do we enlist the private sector as the engine of innovation as we think about addressing some of these new challenges of warfare? And how do we bring these pieces together, and what should we be thinking about what’s to come over the horizon.
How can the <link is hidden> adapt and balance the need for both conventional and nonconventional capabilities? What role will special operations forces play? Are they, along with air power, the best tools for fighting hybrid forces such as ISIS? How can Silicon Valley and the technology sector contribute? What is going on in military R&D that could dramatically help militaries win in this new generation of warfare?