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Hal Brands

In the Next War, America’s Homeland Will Be a Target

The U.S. has become accustomed to fighting “over there.” The next enemy may bring the conflict over here.

Pearl Harbor, 1941. It could happen again.

Pearl Harbor, 1941. It could happen again.

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For Americans, war is typically something that happens “over there” — in foreign countries far from their shores. They ought to start thinking about it as something that may well be experienced “over here.”

In future conflicts, American territory will not be a sanctuary. The U.S. is entering an era of homeland vulnerability, one in which technological advances are making it possible for geopolitical adversaries — not just terrorist groups — to bring the war to America itself.