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Influential think tank looks to Call of Duty dev to help predict global threats

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Call of Duty: Black Ops and Black Ops 2 director Dave Anthony left Treyarch last December to pursue some passion projects like developing a sci-fi movie and television show and, it turns out, becoming a fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, Foreign Policy reports.

The think tank was founded in the '60s and has included prestigious affiliates like Chuck Hagel, Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice. In his unpaid work with the group, Anthony will be leaning on his research for Call of Duty games to help predict global threats.

"Dave excels in imagining future security scenarios that are different from today's challenges," Atlantic Council vice president Barry Pavel told FP in an emailed statement. "The council will harness Dave's proven world-class talents for imagining new types of threats to strengthen our work on emerging defense challenges, disruptive technologies, and security and defense strategy."

In his first appearance as a fellow, Anthony will be presenting a talk on the potential of terrorists carrying out an assault in Las Vegas casinos akin to the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, according to the story.

"When you look at the threat from groups like ISIS, the next threat to America is not that we're going to get invaded by hundreds of thousands of troops on the mainland," he told the publication. "It's that you might have a hundred ISIS troops in your country who simultaneously attack soft targets."

Make sure you check out the full story for more insight into the decision to offer Anthony a fellowship and how real some of the implications brought up by Call of Duty may be to the future of warfare.

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