Future of War

Beijing Tells South China Sea Command: Prepare for War

The Southern Theatre Command must "concentrate preparations for fighting a war," Chinese president Xi Jinping said this week.

US Soldiers May Take Flying Ubers to the Front Lines

That’s the premise of a new partnership between the U.S. Army, NASA, and the ride-hiring company.

The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops

The Defense Department’s research arm is working on a project that connects human operators’ brains to the systems they’re controlling—and vice versa.

The Video Game That Could Shape the Future of War

The U.S. Army is developing a new way to test technologies and tactics—but first they have to get tens of thousands of soldiers to play it.

Which Cyberattacks Should the United States Deter, and How?

In theory, there is no reason why the principles of deterrence should not apply to cyberspace. However, there are a number of reasons why it does not work in practice.

The US Army’s Next Big 5 Must Be Capabilities, Not New Platforms

The service’s weapons are increasingly unsuited for tomorrow’s battlefields, but there’s too little time and money to start from scratch.

US Navy Gunners Are Testing A Wearable Heads-Up Display

A service lab has turned a lieutenant’s brainstorm into a testable prototype dubbed the GunnAR augmented-reality headset.

For Sale: Artificial Intelligence That Teaches Itself

An AI startup with dozens of aviation-industry customers sets its sights on the US military.

Watch: Future of War Conference 2017

Defense One partners with New America to bring you the Future of War Conference 2017 in Washington, D.C.

War in the Information Age

The chief of the U.S. Air Force describes a speed-infused future of combined arms — across domains and entire partnerships.

It's Getting Harder to Define Military Readiness. Here's What to Do About It.

Planners and evaluators must try to anticipate how threats and operating environments will change during a deployment.

VIDEO: The Future of War Conference 2016

On land or sea, from Raqqa to Russia: watch videos from the 2nd annual Future of War conference presented by Defense One, New America, and Arizona State University

What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Get Wrong About the Future of War

They fail, they lack, they misunderstand, they pander, they don’t get, and they just don’t know national security – not according to our Future of War roster of experts.

Pentagon Wants to Pair Troops with Machines to Deter Russia, China

More than a year in the works, Pentagon leaders are betting an ambitious effort to pair soldiers with machines to give the American military an edge on the battlefield of the future.

Kunduz, War Crimes, and the Real Laws of War

The U.S. should embrace an independent investigation of the tragic Afghanistan hospital strike to shed light—and facts—on the laws of war.

Obama’s Two-Year Plan for Afghanistan is Doomed

Obama offered yet another short-term solution, but it’s time the US starts talking about a long-term troop agreement, just like we gave South Korea.

5 Reasons Obama’s Afghan Withdrawal Delay is Necessary But Not Sufficient

A former Green Beret and White House policy advisor ticks off the missing elements of success.