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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is facilitating the emergence of transformative dual-use and military technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and directed energy. However, technologies alone do not revolutionize warfare – they must be integrated into advanced capabilities designed to achieve specific military effects.
Forward Defense synthesizes technological developments, global and regional dynamics, and military and geostrategic imperatives to explore the trends, technologies, and concepts defining the future of warfare.
May 25, 2022
Automating the fight: defense & national security in the age of the machine
As warfare is increasingly dictated by machines, critical questions around strategy, technology, and morality arise at every turn. But there’s one thing we know for sure: There’s no reversing the rise of autonomous systems.
Report May 25, 2022
Eye to eye in AI: Developing artificial intelligence for national security and defense
By Tate Nurkin, Margarita Konaev
As artificial intelligence transforms national security and defense, it is imperative for the Department of Defense, Congress, and the private sector to closely collaborate in order to advance major AI development priorities. However, key barriers remain. As China and Russia develop their own capabilities, the stakes of the military AI competition are high, and time is short.
Report Nov 30, 2020
The Five Revolutions: Examining defense innovation in the Indo-Pacific region
By Tate Nurkin
The Indo-Pacific region has become a center of gravity for innovation in defense technologies and emerging military capabilities. This report explores major drivers of modernization and advances a new framework to capture defense technology and investment efforts in the region.
Report Aug 17, 2020
Primer on hypersonic weapons in the Indo-Pacific region
By John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa
Hypersonic weapons are nearing maturation, but debates about their military relevance are often defined solely by technology. This primer situates hypersonic weapons within the regional context of the Indo-Pacific to provide a foundation for strategic analysis.
We look forward to hosting Nexus 23 on May 17-18, 2023. The symposium will again bring together senior defense and industry leaders to discuss the importance of autonomy in the defense space. Registration forthcoming.
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Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, shapes the debate around the greatest military challenges facing the United States and its allies, and creates forward-looking assessments of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare.