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Terminator on the battlefield: Emerging and evolving tech in the Russia-Ukraine war

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It has been six months since Russia launched its assault on Ukraine, tipping off the largest major military conflict in Europe since World War II. In recent decades, emerging technologies have been innovated and scaled up at an unprecedented rate. Numerous predictions have been made about how new technologies would feature and fare on a battlefield of the future.

How have these predictions played out? Has the nature of war fundamentally changed? What are the most readily operationalizable technologies? What have we learned from the past six months war in Ukraine about the use of emerging technologies like hypersonics, drones, loitering munitions, electronic warfare and jamming, cyber weapons and disinformation? This event examines what we’ve seen and learned about the use of emerging and evolving military technologies on the battlefield in Ukraine.

On November 1, 2022, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a virtual panel event evaluating these questions and more.

Viewers submitted questions via e-mail to or via Twitter at #UkraineWar.



Margarita Konaev

Deputy Director of Analysis and Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology - Georgetown University

Samuel Bendett

Analyst, Russia Studies Program - Center for Naval Analyses

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