Carnegie Mellon University

The Future of Warfare

Course Number: 84-405

Warfare is constantly evolving. In the contemporary conflict environment, the prospect of large-scale conflict between great powers is converging rapidly with proxy conflicts and threats typically posed by irregular actors and tactics. Great power competition between the United States, Russia, and China is increasingly playing out on the global strategic stage, while hybrid actors and proxy groups continue to wage war in an asymmetric and irregular manner that relies on ambiguity, strategic surprise, and deception. These activities often occur within the so-called "gray zone," an area of neither declared nor undeclared hostilities where U.S. adversaries are gradually allocating resources. This course will examine and historically contextualize various "new" trends in warfare, including the weaponization of AI technologies, increasingly sophisticated cyber and information warfare operations, the development of violent non-state actors with conventional military capabilities, and state support of mercenary forces to achieve strategic gains without attribution.

Academic Year: 2023-2024
Semester(s): Fall
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Fall 2023
7:00-9:50 PM

Required course for the following CMIST degree:
Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict

Elective course for the following CMIST degrees:
BS International Relations and Political Science
Additional Major in International Relations and Political Science
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Political Science
Minor in Military Strategy and International Relations