Naval War College Review


“The Navy of the Future Wants to Use Lasers and Superfast Electromagnetic Railguns Instead of Shells and Gunpowder” (Aspen Institute, Five Best Ideas of the Day, 10 February 2015, aspen.us/); “Massive Computing Power and Better Tools Are Making It Harder to Hide Submarines” (ibid., 19 February 2015); and “ISIS Ranks Grow as Fast as U.S. Bombs Can Wipe Them Out” (Daily Beast, 3 February 2015, www.thedailybeast.com/). Now imagine what headlines might read in the year 2025. What will technology bring to the battlefield? What will the enemy look like? On how many dimensions will we have to fight? A recent CNN article claiming that “everything you know about the ‘future of war’ is wrong” (23 February 2015, www.cnn.com/) suggests there is no way to know.