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Forward Defense leverages innovative methodological tools to get at the heart of today’s most complex security challenges. Under the banner of The Art of War, FD uses wargaming, narrative fiction, and the creative arts to better understand, communicate, and animate issues at the center of alternative military futures. Through the futures we forecast, the scenarios we wargame, and the narratives we explore, Forward Defense always maintains a methodologically Forward approach.


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Jednostka Wojskowa Komandosów soldiers training in the Stołowe Mountains, May 18, 2018 (photo: Polish Ministry of Defense).

Mon, Mar 25, 2019


Editor’s note: This short story describes a hypothetical future war in Europe between Russian and NATO forces using advanced technology. 22 KILOMETERS NORTH OF KYIV / UKRAINE “Incoming!” shouted Piotr Nowak, a master sergeant in Poland’s Jednostka Wojskowa Komandosów special operations unit. Dropping to the ground, he clawed aside a veil of brittle green moss […]

Art of Future Warfare by Amir Husain and August Cole

Conflict Defense Technologies

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

Diverse perspectives are Key to innovative thinking

The outcomes of this design workshop were used to help military designers think about the different ways technology will change our society, and how that will impact the way that capabilities will be employed and how we humans will expect to interact with both them and with each other.

Art of Future Warfare by John Watts

Security & Defense Technology & Innovation

Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Cole Quoted by Politico on Role of Technology in US Warfare

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Art of Future Warfare by August Cole

Intelligence National Security

Mon, Aug 8, 2016

Cole Joins Marketplace to Discuss Russia’s DNC Hacking

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Art of Future Warfare by August Cole

Thu, Jun 9, 2016

Cole in War on the Rocks: From Strategy to Execution: Accelerating the Third Offset

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Art of Future Warfare by August Cole

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