I twittered this a while ago, but I was reviewing my twitter posts recently and it occurred to me to mention it here – an article in Wired from last month that talks very insightfully about the future of war, and what we can do about it. From the article:
…the next generation of war — the so-called “fifth-generation” — won’t feature armies or clear ideas. It will be what U.S. Army Major Shannon Beebe, the top intel officer for Africa, calls a “vortex of violence,” a free-for-all of surprise destruction motivated more by frustration than by any coherent plans for the future.
Keep going to the end – I think the conclusion the article draws may surprise you.