Those of a more psycho-sociological mind might say that this is reflective of our present day reality.
I must say, I personally don't see how our present reality is more violent or features more combat/destruction than earlier times.
certainly not expecting an armed conflict. Both the UFP and the Typhon Pact are about peaceful co-operation. Their rivalry may become intense, but it won't be another war story- the authors have as a good as promised us that.