This article examines the potential implications of the combinations of robotics, artificial intelligence, and deep learning systems on the character and nature of war. The author employs Carl von Clausewitz’s trinity concept to discuss how autonomous weapons will impact the essential elements of war. The essay argues war’s essence, as politically directed violence fraught with friction, will remain its most enduring aspect, even if more intelligent machines are involved at every level.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
F. G. Hoffman, "Will War's Nature Change in the Seventh Military Revolution?," Parameters 47, no. 4 (2017): 19-31, doi:10.55540/0031-1723.3101.
Chinese Studies Commons, Defense and Security Studies Commons, Diplomatic History Commons, Ethics and Political Philosophy Commons, International Relations Commons, Military History Commons, Military, War, and Peace Commons, National Security Law Commons, Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration Commons, Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation Commons, Policy History, Theory, and Methods Commons, Political History Commons, President/Executive Department Commons, Public Affairs Commons, Public Policy Commons, Strategic Management Policy Commons, United States History Commons