David Petraeus could be the United States’ most famous living general. He commanded American and allied NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; he was 10th commander of US Central Command and director of the CIA. He now advises civilian and military leaders on strategy, most recently telling Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, how to proceed against Hamas after the October 7 atrocity. His latest book is ‘Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine’, with historian Andrew Roberts. It examines the major wars of the past 80 years within strict parameters: the strategic, tactical and technological successes and failures of each conflict.
What are the major evolutionary impacts of warfare that you are aiming to capture in your book?