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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.

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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.

Science & Tech

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

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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.

Science & Tech

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How JSOC Harnessed Networks To Take on Terrorists

A former SEAL and McChrystal aide outlines the cultural shifts that helped fight AQI — and are needed against ISIS.

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Top-Down IT Approach Too Slow To Meet Threats

The Defense Department arms itself for cyber at the same plodding pace with which it buys major weapons.

Science & Tech

How Uber Could Help Change Spycraft

The U.S. intelligence community wants feedback from the innovative car-sharing company and other commercial startups on its 5-year data-analysis roadmap.

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How to Win a National Security Election Without Really Trying

When it comes to national security, expect the expected from the 2016 presidential candidates. Here’s the off-the-shelf playbook they’ll all use.

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Ask Your 2016 Candidate These Questions on Drone Warfare

Our country needs to know where its next commander-in-chief stands.

Science & Tech

How Blitzkrieg (Sort Of) Explains Killer Robots

No one has yet solved the problems of multiple flows of control, but it’s worth studying how past generations have approached them.

Ideas

How Terrorists Are Turning Robots Into Weapons

Terrorists and college kids already have hacked into government drones. It's time to rethink security with the rise of robotics.

Ideas

What the ISIS Campaign Teaches Us About the Future of War

Winning today's fights still means reaching an actual victory, focusing on changing players, and heeding history.

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The Weapons of Tomorrow Must Come Cheaper, Faster and Simpler Than Before

Instead of trying to build silver bullets for the future, policymakers and industry must become better at responding to the unpredictable.

Ideas

The World Needs New Rules for Armed Drones

New data shows how armed drones are proliferating around the world and why international standards to govern them are overdue.

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What Is the Future of War?

Facing a new inflection point, 'Future of War' project members sound off with their take on where conflict is headed in the 21st century.

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