The NIC 2020 Project held a workshop on the "Changing Nature of Warfare" in Washington DC. Key topics and questions focused on:
Surveying the prospects for conflict around the world between today and 2020.
What are the contemporary characteristics of war that are likely to persist into the future? How can we tell, are there signposts? And, what are the characteristics of contemporary conflict that are likely to be consigned to the dustbin of history by 2020?
What are the emerging characteristics of war?
The National Intelligence Council routinely sponsors unclassified conferences with outside experts to sharpen the level of debate on critical issues. The views expressed in the following papers are those of individual participants. They are presented not as final reports of the NIC 2020 project but to stimulate discussion and debate. The papers are labeled discussion paper -- does not represent the views of the US Government -- and should not be cited in any other manner.