Seven Critical Technologies for Winning the Next War
The next war will be fought on a high-tech battlefield. But which technologies will make a real difference? Where will the United States find a technological edge? This CSIS report identifies the seven technologies that could make the difference in a fight against a near-peer adversary. Three are “sprint” technologies, where the United States should aggressively pursue advancement with considerable resources and focused commitment: quantum sensing and computing, biotechnology, and secure, redundant communications networks. Four are “follow” technologies, where the United States should support and shape efforts ongoing in the private sector: high-performance batteries, artificial intelligence/machine learning, space-based sensors, and robotics.
The consequences of failure on any of these technologies are tremendous—they could make the difference between victory and defeat. This report aims to focus efforts on the areas that count, across intelligence work, hybrid warfare, competition, and conflict, to prepare for competition today and potential conflict in the future.
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This report is made possible through general support to CSIS.