Restraint and the Future of Warfare: The Changing Global Environment and Its Implications for the U.S. Air Force
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
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Where will the next war occur Who will fight in it Why will it occur How will it be fought Researchers with RAND Project AIR FORCEs Strategy and Doctrine Program, attempted to answer these questions about the future of warfare - specifically those conflicts that will drive a U.S. and U.S. Air Force response - by examining the key geopolitical, economic, environmental, geographic, legal, informational, and military trends that will shape the contours of conflict between now and the 2030. This report on restraint and the future of warfare is one of a series that grew out of this effort. This volume examines political, strategic, and technological trends by asking four key questions. First, what does research say about how this variable shapes the conduct of warfare Second, how has this variable historically shaped the conduct of warfare, especially in the post-Cold War era Third, how might this variable be expected to change through 2030 And finally, but perhaps most importantly, how might this variable be expected to affect the future of warfare, especially as it relates to the U.S. armed forces and the U.S. Air Force in particular By answering these questions, it is hoped that this report will paint a picture of how shifting incentives for policymakers to exercise restraint in warfare will shape conflict over the next decade plus.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics