The Future of Warfare
New Domains and Transformations
The final Forum panel was moderated by CEPA Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges. The panelists, which included: MG (Ret.) John Gronski, LTG Eric Wesley, Deputy Commanding General, Army Futures Command and Director of the Futures and Concepts Center, and State Secretary Mikołaj Wild, State Secretary and Government Plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub with the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure examined a rapidly evolving battlefield, influenced by developing cyber and space capabilities, economic manipulation, and hybrid warfare. LTG Eric Wesley opened the conversation by discussing U.S. assumptions of domination and how competitors have exploited the United States’ partial diplomatic withdrawal from Europe. He then noted how force presence and rapid deployment capabilities are two strategically vital assets to consider in future war preparations. MG John Gronski spoke towards the effectiveness of the National Guard and how it has kept pace with modernization efforts through the establishment of cybersecurity teams. State Secretary Mikołaj Wild advocated for Polish efforts to update and provide key transportation infrastructure in supporting U.S. military presence. BG Per Knudsen, Liaison Officer to the Pentagon, Allied Command Transformation, NATO, delivered the first response to the panelists, asking how coalitions partners can obtain the requisite capabilities to combat against hybrid warfare.