January 11, 2017
Science Fiction, Marines, and the Future of Conflict
By Art of the Future
The Atlantic Council’s Art of the Future program hosted a discussion on the importance and impact potential of using narratives, specifically science fiction, to help servicemen and women predict and strategize for future conflicts. After an opening from the Atlantic Council’s Steven Grundman, Brigadier General Julian D. Alford, the Director of the Futures Directorate, expanded on the work done by the Directorate and its importance to Marines. Following these remarks, Art of the Future Project Director August Cole moderated a panel discussion centered around the lessons learned from the short stories as well as the impact of predictive narratives in general. The panel consisted of Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Kirchner, former Caerus Associates CEO Erin Simpson, and bestselling science fiction author Charles Gannon.