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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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The War after Next: Anticipating Future Conflict in the New Millennium

The War after Next: Anticipating Future Conflict in the New Millennium

(p.246) 13. The War after Next: Anticipating Future Conflict in the New Millennium
Future Wars

Antulio J. Echevarria

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores anticipations of future conflict drawn from popular culture. Placing such anticipations alongside official forecasts highlights the extent to which the fears and expectations of the public parallel those of the defence community; it also provides a fuller picture of the emerging patterns of future war. An analysis of contemporary anticipations of future war reveals three discernible patterns, or recurring images, of war. The first are the images of a high-tech Info War, which encompasses all forms of military information technology, including cyber and space technologies. The remaining two patterns are Bio War and Nano War. Both fall under the title of the ‘war after next’ because the technologies underpinning them are still considered embryonic, and because military thinking has not yet dealt with them systematically. These three images of war are developing largely independently of one another with, as yet, no attempt at an overarching, synthetic view.

Keywords:   future war, popular culture, future conflict, high-tech info war, bio war, nano war

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