Magazine article USA TODAY

No Killing in Future Conflicts

Magazine article USA TODAY

No Killing in Future Conflicts

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New cutting-edge technologies will help make war faster and safer for combatants in the next decade. They even may make it unnecessary. Advances in weaponry. sensors, intelligence, and communications will render tomorrow's conflicts totally unlike today's. In 10 years, soldiers could be armed with weapons that immobilize without killing as well as personalized armor with healing powers plus the ultimate in camouflage.

"Trends indicate that warfare is becoming quicker with fewer deaths and less physical ruin," technology forecaster Stephen M. Millett told the World Future Society, Bethesda, Md. Meanwhile, Battell's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash., generated a list of the top 10 technologies that will change the way we go to war by convening a panel of 15 defense and security experts. "U.S. armed forces are increasingly able to respond swiftly and effectively due to technological developments in computers, sensors, automated controls, advanced vehicles, and nonlethal weapons," says Millett.

The next decade's revamped battle technologies likely will be:

1. Computer systems that give commanders all the information they need to make quicker and more effective decisions.

2. Advanced energy sources with 10 times the power and life of a battery--in small sizes for soldiers and large sizes for tanks. …

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