n Journal for Contemporary History - Futures studies and alternative military futures
|Article Title||Futures studies and alternative military futures|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Publication Date||Jan 2003|
|Pages||214 - 236|
The purpose of Futures Studies is threefold: To discover or invent, examine and evaluate, and propose possible, probable and preferable futures. This triad of purposes is primarily addressed via futures research of which the essence is to generate alternative futures as choices for decision-makers. It is within the idea of alternatives, it can be argued, that the purpose of Futures Studies find meaning. This in turn raises the difficulty of clarifying the future and therefore the practice of rather presenting it as alternatives than a rigid prediction.
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