The Future Operations Research Group seeks to understand and analyse the operational environment, and the threats, risks and opportunities that military forces will face, in the 2030-2050 timeframe. Urbanisation, climate change, rapid advances in technology, emerging flashpoints, unconventional and hybrid forms of warfare, and changes in the economic and geo-strategic setting for military operations all form part of the analysis. The group aggregates available information from the widest possible variety of sources, develops a series of testable, integrated projections using recognised futures methodologies and datasets, and then updates and validates projections through continuous monitoring of the environment. The group draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of a core research team at the school of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the broader research capabilities of the University of New South Wales, and external partners.
Future Unconventional Warfare
Projects might focus on patterns in the evolution of special operations, hybrid and proxy war, economic and political warfare, and other non-conventional means and methods of conflict, with a focus on the unconventional warfare of 2030-2050.
Projects might focus on the impact of technological advances on future operations in the land, air, space, sea, cyber and joint domains. Relevant technologies include (but are not limited to) artificial intelligence, hypersonics, electro-magnetic pulse weapons, quantum computing, directed-energy weapons, nuclear power, renewable energy, human performance enhancement, bio-engineering, nanotechnologies, advanced materials and manufacturing methods, and novel chemical and biological weapons technologies.
We are particularly interested in projects focusing on flashpoints with direct strategic relevance to Australia, to include issues emerging in the Asia-Pacific Region, Antarctica and space.