“We are literally at an evolutionary low in violence. State-on-state conflict is far less likely than it has been in the past. The problem is that other kinds of conflict, other kinds of violence, are exponentially more likely as technology spreads, as the information age allows organizations and individuals -- middleweight nations, if you will -- to have capabilities that heretofore were the purview of major nation-states.”

— Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, giving the Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, Oct. 1.

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