After the Cold War, the United States became the apex predator in a global military ecosystem defined by overwhelming U.S. dominance in one particular, narrowly-defined, high-tech precision-based form of warfare that we have come to call "conventional." In the two decades since then, our adversaries--both states and non-state actors--have adapted, evolving new techniques, applying advanced technologies, and copying and learning from one another. Professor Kilcullen will describe, through a series of case studies based on his 2020 book The Dragon and the Snakes, how this has occurred and what it might mean for U.S. strategy and defense policy going forward.
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Dr. David Kilcullen is Professor of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia and is a professor of practice at Arizona State University. A former military and intelligence officer, and diplomat, he served in the Australian military and worked for the U.S. government in several post-9/11 conflicts. He is the author of several books on future warfare, counterinsurgency, terrorism, and urban conflict.
The American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster focuses on the study of US foreign relations, US defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect US foreign policy and military affairs in contemporary and historical contexts. The cluster examines these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster examines foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them.