Accession Number:

AD1048102

Title:

Expeditionary Operations in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

Marine Corps Univ. Quantico VA Quantico United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-06-21

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing every aspect of life. Advances in task-specific artificial intelligence, robotics, and additive manufacturing are diffusing military power to smaller states and nonstate actors. These potential enemies will develop much deadlier weapons systems, but U.S. naval forces must still conduct expeditionary combat operations. In considering how these operations will be executed, this article discusses the types of conflicts involved and who future opponents might be considers how the convergence of various Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are changing the battlefield and discusses the major implications for the Marine Corps. While relying on planning and big platforms is easier within acquisitions and logistics, the Marine Corps must rely on its core strengths adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness to the demands of war.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE