May 18, 2017

What will the future of warfare look like?

By Paul Scharre

Source: Debating Europe

War. War never changes. From ancient Rome to the Second World War, it seems like it’s the same story being repeated. The tools of war might change, but war itself is always the same; soldiers kill each other on the battlefield until one side claims victory.

Except, maybe war does change. Conflict waged using autonomous drones, proxy groups and hackers in cyberspace looks very different to soldiers in uniform fighting on a battlefield. This matters, because if war is changing then the entire legal, political, and institutional framework we use at both the national and international level to manage (and hopefully prevent) war may also need to evolve.

Read the full article in Debating Europe.

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of the forthcoming book, A...