The most powerful tool in the wars of the future might just be an equation.
Researchers from the University of Miami and other institutions claim to have found mathematical patterns in the behavior of insurgencies that can help predict future attacks.
The findings were published in the journal Nature last month. For the study, researchers examined 54,000 attacks across nearly a dozen wars in countries ranging from Iraq to Colombia.
“The sizes and timing of violent events within different insurgent conflicts exhibit remarkable similarities,” they found.