When: Wednesday Oct. 11, 2023 10:30am – 11:30am ET
Where: 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center and Online


From sensor-fuzed munitions and autonomous weapons, to ground moving target indication radar, laser vibrometers and artificial intelligence, the weapons of warfare are undergoing a rapid transformation, with modern technologies reshaping how armies intend to fight in the twenty-first century.

The Arms of the Future analyses how the emergence of novel weapons systems is shaping the risks and opportunities on the battlefield. Drawing on extensive practical observation and experimentation, the book unpacks the operational challenges new weapons pose on the battlefield and how armies might be structured to overcome them.

At a time when defense spending across NATO is on the rise, and conflict with Russia raises new questions of what it means to fight a truly 'modern' war, Dr. Jack Watling examines not just the arms to be employed but how they can be fielded and wielded to survive and prevail in future wars.

Dr. Watling will be available after the event to sign books. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.


  • Jack Watling - Global Fellow; Senior Research Fellow for Land Warfare at the Royal United Services Institute


  • Robin S. Quinville - Director, Global Europe Program

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