Adapting Military Leadership in a Changing Warfare Environment

Yuksel Kilic, Mehmet Celmeli


The evaluation of warfare is mostly characterized by technological improvements that affect the ways soldiers get to the desired end state on the battlefield. Cyberspace and space are other imminent dimensions changing the conduct of war. So how must leaders adapt themselves to these changes in the battlefield? What kind of features have gained importance in order to lead and to survive in these techno-wars? The aim of this article is to answer the above mentioned questions. First, how leadership is affected by battlefield and technological improvements is analyzed. Then the features which future leaders must have and how they must behave are discussed. This paper seeks to show major effects of technology and modern warfare on leaders’ physical capabilities, cognitive abilities and emotional stamina.

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