Precision-Guided Podcast – Book Talk: “Next War” with Colonel (ret.) John Antal

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It is evident that the nature of warfare has evolved, as demonstrated by the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Israel. Exponential technological acceleration is driving much of this change: multi-domain sensors are making the battlespace transparent, long-range precision munitions can accurately hit any observed target, and autonomous weapons can attack from above, hitting the weakest point of tanks and armored vehicles and reshaping how we conceive of air superiority and air control. 

How do technological advancements impact tactical warfare? How should U.S. policymakers and military leaders approach these new technologies, and what lessons should they draw from Ukraine, Israel, and other modern conflicts? 

Hosts Gareth Smythe and Miriam Pasternak Jorgensen sit down with Colonel (ret.) John Antal, a former U.S. Army Cavalry officer and author, to discuss John’s new book Next War: Reimagining How We Fight. Next War provides insights on these topics and more to guide leaders to think critically about the challenges the modern battlefield poses. 

Next War can be purchased online, including on Amazon, using this hyperlink.

John Antal is an award-winning, best-selling author of 16 books and hundreds of magazine articles about leadership, history, and war, including his most recent book, Next War: Reimagining How We Fight. John’s military experience spans 30 years as an Armor and Cavalry officer in the U.S. Army. He is a United States Military Academy graduate at West Point and an Airborne Ranger. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. 

John also served in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In recent years, John has served on the US Army Science Board and has conducted an extensive, independent effort to update US military leaders on the lessons from recent military conflicts and the changing methods of warfare.

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