posted on Jan, 16 2009 @ 06:44 PM
I think the next big war will be very much like WW1 in that british troops went out on horseback dressed in red at the start of the war with no idea
that warfare was now about trenches and machine guns.
Looking at some of those articles seem to suggest that we only have slightly more advanced weapons, quicker more accurate guns and some rubbish
looking robots but i wouldn't be shocked to see some of those beam weapons janes seems to think didn't work get used if anything big kicked off.
that said, if they don't have some major shock in store....
I reckon missile/anti-missile will be a large part of any war for the next decade at least but superhigh altitude flying craft and mass produced
drones flown by people with ps3 controllers will move people away from the front lines and increase the combat area over which battles take place,
units flying into locations and air battles stretching across the entire sky and right into the upper atmosphere.
as for a ground war, i suspect that if its two nations like china vs america then as soon as no one can afford the time and money it takes to create
the high tech munitions and mobile platforms it'll go back to vietnam or ww2 style combat only with more advanced weapons and countermeasures.
I doubt ground fighting will change much until we have either sci-fi shields or worthwhile robots.