Former Pentagon Official Enlists the Help of ‘Call of Duty’ Creator to Help Predict U.S Future Wars

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The creator of the critically acclaimed hit video game ‘Call of Duty’, Dave Anthony, has been called upon by a former Pentagon official to help policy advisors predict and imagine future wars America may have to fight.

Dave Anthony, will be a part of a group of writers and producers tasked with helping out the Atlantic Council, looking at the evolution of armed conflicts for years to come.

Steven Grundman, the former Pentagon official created The Art of Future War Project, which launches this week after he witnessed the detailed story line of the video game his son was playing. That game just so happened to be, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which depicts a cold war set in 2025 between China and the United States, after the discovery of rare earth elements.

The Atlantic Council said it had sought out Anthony because national security decision makers cannot keep up with the frenetic pace of change in the world, and that ‘new voices’ are needed to make sense of a chaotic landscape.

Anthony offers so very modern and refreshing insight on the government and war today saying:

‘The way I like to think about it is the next attack has already happened, someone has already thought of it. How do you look at all the ideas that are out there?’ he said.

‘The problem is the next attack is very unlikely to be the same as the previous attack.’

Anthony also gets in to the rather modern dangers: ‘As the US presses an air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the potential danger from the militants will not come in a conventional way.’

‘The threat may well be that you have 100 ISIL (IS) loyalists in the country, today right now as we speak, and who may simultaneously attack soft targets.

‘I think this is going to be the next 9/11.’

 

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