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Leading intelligence expert on the shape of warfare to come

"The Future of Land Warfare" by Michael O'Hanlon
Christopher Paul

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After the Paris attacks, President Obama vowed to intensified the country’s fight against ISIS, but said he won’t increase the number of troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

The President’s statement is in keeping with what the country has been doing militarily, namely, moving away from ground wars in favor of cyber warfare and the use of remote-controlled drones.

Michael O’Hanlon, national security expert at the Brookings Institution, writes in his new book that this shift in thinking is actually nothing new. That since World War I, conversations over the future of how wars will be fought have always swung between those two poles. The difference is the steep cuts in the Pentagon’s budget since 9/11 that have made land warfare all but unwinnable. What are the implications the US military’s de-emphasis on land warfare?


Michael O’Hanlon, co-director with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of the new book, “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015)