Cove Talks

The Future Operating Environment

By The Cove July 1, 2020

In the CoveTalk for November 2018 we hear from Colonel T.X. Hammes, United States Marine Corps (Retired), who provides an insight into current developments in AI and how this technology will change the future operating environment. This fascinating and wide-ranging interview covers threats across all environmental domains before discussing the innovation required to prevent AI-enabled defeat in the future. If you are interested in where war is going in the future, then this is a ‘must-see’ interview.

As with all Cove talks, the central presentation is followed by a Q&A session that was open to all ranks across Army.

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About the presenter: In his thirty years in the Marine Corps, T. X. Hammes served at all levels, including as the Commanding Officer of an intelligence battalion, an infantry battalion and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. He participated in stabilisation operations in Somalia and Iraq as well as counter-insurgency training in various places around the world. Colonel Hammes has a Masters in Historical Research and a Doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. He is the author of three books, 17 book chapters, over 150 articles and lectures extensively on the future of conflict, strategy, and insurgency. Colonel Hammes is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defence University.



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