GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

The Character of Conflict in 2025: Workshop Report


The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author, and should not be construed as official National Intelligence Council position, policy or decision.

Discussion paper — does not represent the views of the US Government

Executive Summary

This is a report on a workshop convened by Long Term Strategy Group at the office of CENTRA Technology in Burlington, Massachusetts, on Friday, 4 April, 2008, at the behest of the National Intelligence Council’s Long-Range Analysis Unit. The purpose of the workshop was to assemble a group of technical subject-matter experts to evaluate potential characteristics of conflict in 2025. The report captures the key findings and major themes of the workshop. Three scenarios, a baseline and two excursions, that structured the discussion were the product of a previous workshop. Before the event, participants received a brief paper examining key trends in the character of conflict. Both this read-ahead paper and the workshop agenda can be found in the appendix of this report.