20YY Warfare Initiative

20YY Warfare is an ambitious, multi-year project to examine how emerging technologies will shape the future of warfare. Rapid advances in unmanned systems, robotics, data processing, autonomy, networking, and other enabling technologies have the potential to spur an entirely new warfighting regime. State and non-state actors alike will seek to exploit these and other new technologies, many of which are driven by commercial sector innovation in information technology. The U.S. military will need to develop new concepts of operation, doctrine, training, policies, and organizational structures to exploit these technologies and stay ahead in the emerging warfighting regime. These developments may occur in the next decade or later, hence “20YY.”

The 20YY Warfare Initiative will focus on publishing groundbreaking research and growing the community of interest on these issues. 20YY aims to deliver practical, actionable recommendations to policy makers today to help prepare the U.S. military for the challenges and opportunities these technologies will present in the years to come.

What is Autonomy?

In February 2014, Paul Scharre, fellow and project director for the 20YY Warfare Initiative, discussed Autonomous Technologies at the Chatham House, London.

The Role of Robotics on the Battlefield

On June 11, 2014, Mr. Scharre also presented on the 20YY Warfare Initiative during the CNAS Eighth Annual National Security Conference. USNI News covered his presentation and new report.


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  • October 15, 2014
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CNAS Releases New Report "Robotics on the Battlefield Part II: The Coming Swarm"

  Washington, October 15 – Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Fellow and 20YY Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre has written a new report, Robotics on the Battlefield Part II: The Coming Swarm. The report examines the role that “swarms” of robots will play in the future of warfare,...

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  • October 10, 2014
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To Save the Navy’s Next-Gen Drone, Kill It First

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  • October 8, 2014
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  • October 7, 2014
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