What the war in Ukraine is teaching us

United States President Joe Biden, second left, shakes hands with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council during a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 12, 2023. [Pavel Golovkin/AP]

The conflict in Ukraine has brought about a paradigm shift, altering the very nature of warfare in the 21st century. These changes are profound, making it clear that some cost-effective unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the potential to inflict far greater damage than their highly expensive traditional counterparts, such as warplanes. Or that seemingly innocuous items like an enemy officer's electronic watch and the social media platforms they use can be exploited to target individuals in an attack.

The landscape of information gathering has undergone a complete overhaul, as has the arena of propaganda. In this nascent landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) plays a pivotal role.

To a significant extent, Ukraine was well prepared for these emerging forms of warfare, obviously with the assistance of American officials. They had readied themselves to counter large...

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