Future Warfare: Men and Machines at War

To explore the panorama of future warfare, a look first at the causes of wars and who will fight them is essential. Warfare is an activity where the human propensity for violence contrasts with the capability for sociopolitical coagulation in organisations of varied sizes. Over the years of human history, from the Neanderthal man who fought with his stone axe to the evolution of a coalition of nation states growing in organisational complexity, we have witnessed only more destructive forms of warfare. This trend is likely to continue in the future, although the devastation may be in a different form than what has been seen hitherto fore.