Recent actions by U.S. competitors, the proliferation of advanced technology once only available to the U.S. military and the changing character of the future operational environment (OE) imply that the U.S. Army must adapt to anticipate the demands of future armed conflict. The U.S. Army, finds itself at an inflection point, where disparate, yet related elements of the OE are converging, creating a situation where fast moving trends are rapidly transforming the nature of all aspects of society and human life – including the character of warfare. These trends include significant advances in science and technology, where new discoveries and innovations are occurring at a breakneck pace; a dizzying pace of human interaction and an increasingly complex world. These trends must be considered in the military sphere, matched with advances in our adversaries’ capabilities and operational concepts, and superimposed over a U.S. military that has been engaged in a non-stop state of all-consuming counter-insurgency warfare for the last 15-plus years. The result is a U.S. Army that may find itself with the very real potential of being out-gunned, out-ranged, out-protected, outdated, out of position, and out of balance against its adversaries. These potential foes have had time to refine their approaches to warfare, develop and integrate new capabilities, and in some cases, expedite growing changes in the character of warfare. Given the anticipated OE and drawing from recent observations of peer and near-peer threat activities, this seminar will discuss anticipated changes to future land warfare and implications for U.S. Army doctrinal, operational and technological innovation.
IAP: Contemporary Military Topics: The Implications of Future Warfare
LTC Warren Sponsler, USA; LTC Doug Copeland, USA
January 25, 2018
E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm