Leaked Video Shows Pentagon Preparing For Dystopian Future Combat In Megacities

Coburn Palmer - Author

Nov. 1 2016, Updated 10:50 a.m. ET

In the future, there will only be an endless war fought in congested megacities ruled by gangs of criminals connected by ruthless hackers intent on exploiting the growing divide between rich and poor.

It sounds the plot of a dystopian science fiction movie, but it’s actually the backdrop of a future war the Pentagon has ordered the army to prepare for.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, The Intercept obtained a video shown at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) as part of a course dubbed Advanced Special Operations Combating Terrorism.

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“Our current and past strategies can no longer hold. We are facing environments that the masters of warfare never foresaw.”

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The five-minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” describes a dark future when the Earth has been ravaged by the effects of global warming, and 60 percent of the population lives in giant cities.

The dystopian video features an ominous-sounding narrator backed by melancholy music and distressing images. It may describe a bleak future, but it deals with problems Congress won’t admit exist.

By the 2030s, urban areas in the developing world will grow in population by 1.4 billion. The super rich will live in high rises next to tent cities, and more than half the population will be teenagers under the age of 18, according to the video.

Inhabitants of the far-flung megacities will live in cottages, high rises, and underground habitats. Each will be governed by its own set of laws and customs lead by organized gangs who rule with an iron fist.

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“Concentrations of high tech transportation and globally connected seaports, contemporary water, utilities, and waste disposal intermixed with open landfills, overburdened sewers water and makeshift power grids.”

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