Jul 122019

“Future of Warfare – Bayonets or Buttons”


David A Smith,

Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight

Was on Thursday 11th April, 2019 at The Kincaid Gallery

The nature of war may never change but the character of warfare is set to change dramatically in the next few years. Geopolitics, non-state players, technology and cyber and urbanisations are some of the many drivers changing both how and where wars will be fought. We’re leaving the Information Age and embracing the autonomous age with all its capabilities it does, at the same time, create dependencies and vulnerabilities, and any enemy will seek to negate these. When once the colour of buttons on the tunic were revolutionary, today it is hands on the button that will be the cause of much debate in the future. We have long understood that with economic power goes military power and external influence in the world. The emerging nations overtook the G7 nations in GDP terms a few years ago but are likely to achieve double their turnover in the next few decades – a time when the USA no longer rules the world will soon be upon us. What happens then? These issues and more, are the subject matter of ‘Future Warfare – Bayonets or Buttons?

Sourced from YouTube (Credited to William Wright)