Here, the "deep future" refers to 2030 and beyond — another indication of how short-term America's long-term thinking tends to be.
Anyway, the three top threats, according to the panel, are:
— The growth of cities, with an estimated 2 billion people living by 2040 in a "slumlike situation" with a “very high potential for lack of governance,"
— A "significant and lengthy" period of Sunni-Shiite violence in the Mideast, and
— The potential for the militarization of technology, where, for example, U.S. troops might be sent into battle against adversaries able to tweet the location of those soldiers.