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

The Arms of the Future book 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 details the operational challenges new weapons pose on the battlefield and how armies might be structured to overcome them.

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

Jack will outline some of the key findings of the book. This will be followed by a drinks reception, where copies of the book will be available for sale.

This event will be chaired by Professor Peter Roberts, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI.

How to attend

This event is open to all and in-person only, taking place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. If you have any questions, please email Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at [email protected].


About the speaker

Dr Jack Watling

Dr Jack Watling

Senior Research Fellow for Land Warfare, RUSI

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