On Geopolitics

Sensor Proliferation Is Changing How We Wage War

Apr 11, 2019 | 05:00 GMT
 A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.  Rapid technological advances across multiple fields have vastly expanded military sensor capabilities in recent years. 

(John Moore/Getty Images)

When imagining the future of warfare, we often envision newly developed weapons systems and anticipate their impact on the actual conduct of warfare. Not all warfare evolutions, however, can be encapsulated by individual weapon systems. The most radical changes in the conduct of war often result from particularly extensive technological...

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