What a 20-year-lead in military tech might look like
A 5 year advancement in AI might include the ability to identify enemy combatants, track their personal info online, and send communications to the military on the behalf of their family suggesting anything from marital infidelity at home, to the loss of a loved one, to questions about one's beliefs, that would ultimately affect the soldier's ability to fight effectively.
A simple misinformation campaign could disrupt an entire operation. Is this particular conflict a political stunt? Is it a show of force for financial gain? Is it part of a conspiracy to get a leader killed? By attacking the psychological side of the enemy, you can weaken their ability to fight effectively.
Laser dogs not required.