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Global Strategic Trends – The Future Starts Today (6th Edition) (GST 6) seeks to improve foresight and encourage better strategic choices to shape the future we want, build preparedness for alternative futures, and create an organisation that can adapt to the evolving future. It aims to alert readers to changes that are likely to become threats but may, if addressed promptly, provide opportunities.
GST 6 also identifies 16 focus areas where the potential for profound change to humanity is high, and describes a series of short alternative future scenarios.
GST 6 describes a future strategic context for those in the Ministry of Defence, and wider government, who are involved in developing long-term plans, strategies, policies and capabilities. Without a context, there is a risk that planners, policymakers and capability developers may assume a future that adheres to preconceived thoughts and assumptions. GST 6 describes the characteristics of a world 30 years from now.