Contemporary Warfare

In this long-term project, RUSI staff analyse contemporary warfare (between states, proxies or other groups) and draw lessons about the future of conflict.




Main Image Credit Cosimo Attanasio/Redline / Alamy Stock Photo


Understanding how contemporary conflicts are fought – with what equipment, technology and people – is essential if we are to gain insights into the future of warfare. Selective lesson-learning by governments and militaries needs to be scrutinised and challenged to ensure the right deductions, assumptions and presumptions are being made.

This project takes a long view of warfare’s evolution, but examines campaigns, battles and engagements individually where their implications are significant.

Main Image Credit Cosimo Attanasio/Redline / Alamy Stock Photo

Aims and objectives

The aim of this project is to provide relevant and up-to-the-minute evidence that underwrites our research and publications about warfare.

The project has additional objectives, including:

  • Keeping stakeholders, members and the community in touch with warfare trends and developments.
     
  • Contributing to the UK debate on security and defence.
     
  • Maintaining an evidence base from which to challenge false assumptions, presumptions and claims made by other parties.
     
  • Enabling industrial and commercial partners to see themes and patterns from which they can draw business development insights and shape research and development spending.
     
  • Contributing to the history and analysis of the wars and conflicts of our time as part of RUSI’s meaningful legacy.

Parent programme:


Martial Power Programme

Project outputs


Access key publications produced as part of this project.

The Future Conflict Operating Environment Out to 2030


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