Defense is about managing risk in an uncertain world. This issue deals with topics about the future of conflict — geopolitics, cyberattacks, disinformation, climate change, polarization, staffing and training and supply chain continuity — that are on the minds of the situation room and the board room.

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  • Matt Carmichael What the Future editor and head of the Ipsos Trends & Foresight Lab
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According to Bloomberg, the term "geopolitics" has come up in earnings calls in 2023 three times as often as it did two years ago. Why? Because we live in uncertain times, when the world order and narrative we have lived under for generations feels tenuous. That's apparent in the news and in the C-suite as leaders deal with technological shifts, fragile supply chains, changing relationships to institutions, disinformation, climate change and resource scarcity. 

Read What the Future: Conflict for an exclusive look at the known unknowns (and unknown unknowns) that will shape the future of conflict, the ramifications they could have on businesses, brands, and beyond, and how citizens and consumers can be ready for the changes to come.  

For more foresight content, subscribe to the What the Future newsletter for new topics each month. And join us on December 11 for our What the Future: Conflict companion webinar, which will guide you through the latest data, interviews and brand implications.

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Letter from the Editor

How the future of conflict will transform business in a fragmented world

Matt Carmichael, What the Future editor, head of the Ipsos Trends & Foresight Lab

What the Future: War | Matt Carmichael

How the future of war will transform business in a fragmented world

Interviews & Features

Why considering the worst case needs to be part of your planning

Maria Langan-Riekhof, vice chair for analysis, acting principal vice chair of the National Intelligence Council

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Why polarization is our biggest security threat

Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Rep. (MI-7th District) 

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What businesses need to balance for future U.S.-China relations

Brand insights from Ipsos Ryan Tully

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How improving tech literacy among policymakers would strengthen security

Jake Sotiriadis, director, The Center for Futures Intelligence, National Intelligence University

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How safety and security are evolving in the digital age 

Dominic Perez, Chief technology officer, Curtiss-Wright

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Why foresight, tech and ethics education can better prepare us for uncertainty

Col. Chris Mayer, Ph.D, Department head of English and Philosophy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

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How veteran healthcare will shape private healthcare and vice versa

Amanda Lienau, Ph.D, director of Open Innovation, Veterans Health Administration

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Why the satisfaction gap in Veteran and private healthcare calls for change

Brand insights from Ipsos Sarah Saxton

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How the ways we respond to climate change could lead to conflict

Joshua Busby, author; professor; non-resident fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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The author(s)
  • Matt Carmichael What the Future editor and head of the Ipsos Trends & Foresight Lab