Emergent Weaponry and the New (Ab)Normal

The battlefields contemporary military contests take place on are changing. Governments will continue to struggle for supremacy on land, sea, and air, but non-traditional actors — be they ISIS or high-level hackers — have better access to and understanding of how technology can have a huge and deadly impact on our highly networked world. Even as the Chinese debut a new class of missile, threats from far less entrenched centers of power continue to grow.

On September 5, during celebrations commemorating victory over Japan in World War II, the Chinese government premiered its new “carrier killer,” the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). Although the existence of the missile was known in military and intelligence circles — its …

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