What technologies will the United States Army rely on in the year 2040? Will we maintain our technological edge, or will potential adversaries develop their own “killer apps”? What assumptions are we making about technology that might be wildly wrong? Even more importantly, what technological trends are we ignoring that might come to haunt us over the next 25 years and beyond?

The only thing we can say for certain about the future is that it’s going to be complicated…

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) wants your input on how science and technology might shape the future of the U.S. Army. From 5-9 October 2015, we invited you to join fellow thought leaders from across the defense, academic, and creative communities in a web-based game exploring how advances in science and technology might transform the nature of the U.S. Army and the world it will operate in over the next 25 years. The goal of this activity is to envision future technologies, explore opportunities, examine risks, and challenge conventional wisdom. Your thoughts and ideas will help Army leaders plan for the future and shape over $2 billion per year in research and development investments.


Images from Earlier Exercises


A little background…

This upcoming exercise is the latest in an annual cycle of foresight activities sponsored by ASA(ALT). Our first exercise in this year’s cycle looked at how emerging trends in science and technology might collide to drive innovations that touch everyday life in 2040. You can read more about that exercise, and explore some of the ideas that emerged here. The second exercise, which wrapped up in July, generated ideas for technologies that might transform future operations ranging from providing relief to a megacity ravaged by nature disaster to defending a key ally from a massive invasion. The results of that exercise are available on the EX 2 site. See how players took raw ideas (Sparks), analyzed and fleshed them out into full-blown concepts in the Workshop, and then applied them to challenges in the Situation Room.

Exercise 3 wrapped up 9 October, and we’re compiling your contributions as we prepare for Exercise 4.

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