Think Tank Taps Call of Duty: Black Ops Writer to Predict the Future of War

Can Call of Duty teach us anything about the wars of tomorrow?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II writer and director Dave Anthony will lend his experience to a new project that aims to predict and prepare for future wars.

Created by Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, the "Art of Future Warfare" project mines narrative fiction and interactive media for real-world insights into the future of conflict.

"[Anthony's] forward thinking on emerging threats will better position the Scowcroft Center to provide cutting-edge analysis on how the United States must adapt for the future," The Atlantic Council said in a statement.

According to The Washington Post, Steven Grundman, a George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, got the idea to contact Anthony while watching his son play Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Grundman was impressed by the game's realistic depiction of war in the year 2025, and it occurred to him that the perspective of artists on the issue might provide useful insights.

"I think war is changing," Anthony said in a video posted by the Atlantic Council. "Drones alone, I can't even get my head around the potential for drones to be used or abused. I think this country and the world needs to be ready for that. That's what I'm interested in. Is there a way to generalize these potential threats to the country and try to figure out potential solutions or even predict the type of things that can happen before they do and before it's too late?"

Anthony will join the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on October 1 to discuss the topic further in a public event titled "The Future of Unknown Conflict."

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, a game which takes place entirely in the future, launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3,PlayStation 4, and PC.

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