Through a glass darkly: the future character of conflict


  1. An increased adoption and exploitation of artificial intelligence (AI)
  2. The advent of fully autonomous weapons.
  3. A change in the geometry of weapons.
  4. An increase in the number of weapons.
  5. More inexplicable, “other worldly” moves and a breakneck pace.
  6. New technologies, applications and insights increasingly emerging from civilian sources.
  7. An increase in the importance of the cyber domain.
  8. A blurring of the boundaries between soldiers and civilians, state and non-state actors, war zones, and safe havens.


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