What are the Trends in Armed Conflicts, and What Do They Mean for U.S. Defense Policy
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
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As the U.S. national military strategy Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2015 recognizes, the current global security environment is highly unpredictable, leading the United States to face simultaneous security challenges from traditional state actors and transregional networks of sub-state groups - all taking advantage of rapid technological change. These security challenges reflect a variety of factors - for example, a highly interconnected and interdependent global economy, the unprecedented stress on the earths resources created by population growth, the creation of new and highly fragile sovereign states, and the rapid rise of emerging powers outside the Euro-Atlantic sphere. Some believe that these security challenges have, in turn, increased the potential for armed conflicts to emerge - a potential that seems borne out by conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science