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Disruptive technology has surpassed innovation as the de rigour buzzword for policy documents and is a mandatory phrase for successful funding applications. Militaries and defence organisations regard it as equal to Climate Change in their considerations about the future of conflict. Is all this nonsense? Whatever happened to invention? What makes a technology disruptive and not just helpful? Nick Colosimo leads Peter Roberts through the minefield of language and approaches to try and understand the reality of what some consider just another fad.

Episode 31: When Did We Stop Inventing Stuff?

A collection of discussions with those in the Profession of Arms that tries to understand the issues around how to fight, and succeed, against adversaries in the 2020s.  We pose the questions as whether a single Western Way of Warfare (how Western militaries fight) has been successful, whether it remains fit for task today, and how it might need to adapt in the future? It is complemented by the ‘Adversarial Studies’ project that looks at how adversaries fight.

The podcast is kindly sponsored and enabled by Raytheon UK, a subsidiary of Raytheon technology, a British company that creates jobs in England, Wales and Scotland, contributing over 700 million pounds to the UK economy. The show is produced by Tom Ascott. 

Keep up to date with the Military Sciences team on the RUSI website here. 

The show is also available on Spotify and iTunes Podcasts. 

Access all the episodes of the Western Way of War Podcast Series here.

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Professor Peter Roberts
Director Military Sciences, RUSI

Peter is Director of Military Sciences at RUSI. The research group provides thought leadership and impactful research on military... read more

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