Changing Nature of Warfare

Brigadier General (retired) Blaine D. Holt, currently the President of Million Air Inc., an aerospace company based in Houston, Texas participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss the “Changing Nature of Warfare”.



The digital global age has heralded both beginnings and ends.

Nations today stand on the verge of the most transformative period in all of human history as information, communication and digitization technology, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, biotechnology and artificial intelligence merge and converge to make the once impossible imagination, possible. It is not only human and non-human (i.e. machine) intelligence that is merging and creating unthinkable possibilities: the blurring boundaries between cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) as well as nations: its government, industries, organizations, academia and individuals (NGIOA-I) will fundamentally transform everything around us.

The pace of technological change coming our way is so rapid, its impact so deep, that each NGIOA, individually and collectively: its expectations and experiences, are and will be irreversibly transformed. This will undoubtedly change the whole global dynamics, security and power structure in CGS.

The changes are under way and they are very rapid!

As nations witness the end of its governments, industries, organizations, academia and individuals living in isolation and the beginning of an interconnected NGIOA world and interdependent global economy that has moved beyond geospace, and is now vehemently contesting the commons like cyberspace and space, it is not only the battlefield that has expanded from geospace to cyberspace-geospace and space (CGS), it has fundamentally changed how nations fight wars.

While the essential goals of warfare have not changed since the beginning of times, over the years the way wars are fought within, between and across nations certainly have.

Because nations witness widespread impact of technology across its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA), it is important to understand and evaluate how the wars are fought not only today but also in the coming tomorrow, who will fight the wars — and what rules will govern the conduct of warfare in CGS.

Since technology always drives the transformational change in the warfare, the number of individuals, groups, nation/state engaged in this new warfare in cyberspace is complicating the very dynamics of it. So the question is:

  • How are nations preparing themselves for this changing nature of warfare?
  • How is the introduction of not only cyber weapons, but bio-weapons, nano-weapons—along with human and non-human intelligence and methods changing warfare strategy towards defense, offense and warfare?


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About the Guest
Brigadier General (retired) Blaine D. Holt is the President of Million Air Inc., an aerospace company based in Houston, Texas.

General Holt graduated from the University of Georgia in 1988. There he was commissioned and designated a distinguished graduate of the University of Georgia’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. The general’s command experience includes the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyz Republic and the 16th Airlift and 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadrons. General Holt’s combat leadership in Kyrgyzstan during multiple crises, including a coup d’état and ethnic violence was deemed “essential” by the Commander, U.S. Central Command. Key assignments include a previous posting as the Director of Logistics, United States European Command, a Military Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Director of the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff’s Executive Action Group.

General Holt is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. His dissertation, written and defended in Dutch, was awarded a “with distinction” honor at the Royal Superior College of Defense in Brussels. He has published a variety of papers across a range of national security issues and is a life member of the Wings Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government,  industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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