Star Wars or guerilla wars?

The future shape of warfare - some analysts predict a Star Wars scenario (photo:dpa/Mary Evans picture library)
The future shape of warfare - some analysts predict a Star Wars scenario (photo:dpa/Mary Evans picture library)

There is a sense of urgency among Western nations to consider how to develop their military resources and operations. They are looking at their defence budgets while evaluating the changing and differing nature of warfare globally. This report considers options facing governments and questions whether they should look to develop high-tech ‘Star Wars’ defence systems or develop armed forces equipped to conduct ‘guerilla wars’?

THE FUTURE character of armed conflict is today a topic of intense trans-Atlantic interest and debate driven by pressures from military experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

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The urgency comes from demand...

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