Top military officers says technology will transform war
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Army Chief of Staff on Saturday Challenged Next-Generation Army Soldiers to Prepare U.S. Army to Fight Future Wars That May Look Little Like Today’s Wars .
Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, painted a bleak picture of a world that is becoming more unstable, with great powers determined to change the global order. He told U.S. military academy cadets at West Point that they will have a responsibility to make sure the United States is ready.
“The world you are in charge of has the potential for a major international conflict between great powers. And that potential increases, not decreases,” Milley told the cadets. “Any overcoming that the United States has enjoyed militarily over the last 70 years is rapidly closing, and the United States will, in fact, already be challenged in all areas of war, space, cybernetics, maritime. , the air and the ground of course. ”
America, he said, is no longer the undisputed global power. Instead, it is being tested in Europe for Russian aggression, in Asia for China’s spectacular economic and military growth, as well as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, and in the Middle East and Africa for instability. of the terrorists.
Drawing a parallel to what military officials are seeing in Russia’s war against Ukraine, Milley said the future war will be very complex, with elusive enemies and an urban war that requires long-range precision weapons and new technologies. advanced.
The US has already sent new high-tech drones and other weapons to the Ukrainian military, in some cases equipment that was in the early stages of the prototype. Weapons are being used such as Switchblade kamikaze drones thrown over the shoulder against the Russians, although they are still evolving.
And as the war in Ukraine has changed, from Russia’s fruitless battle to lead Kyiv to a tough urban battle for the cities of the eastern Donbas region, so has the need for different types of weapons. The first few weeks focused on long-range precision weapons such as the Stinger and Javelin missiles, but now the emphasis is on artillery and the increase in shell shipments.
And for the next 25 or 30 years, the fundamental nature of war and its weapons will continue to change.
The U.S. military, Milley said, cannot cling to old concepts and weapons, but must urgently modernize and develop the strength and equipment it can deter or, if necessary, win in a global conflict. And graduate officers, he said, will have to change the way U.S. forces think, train, and fight.
As tomorrow’s Army leaders Milley said, the newly minted lieutenants will fight with tanks, ships and robotic planes, and rely on artificial intelligence, synthetic fuels, 3D manufacturing and human engineering. .
“It will be your generation that will bear the burden and responsibility of maintaining peace, containing and preventing the outbreak of war by the great powers,” he said.
In cruel terms, Milley described what it is like not to prevent wars between great powers.
“Consider for a moment that 26,000 – 26,000 – soldiers and Marines were killed in just six weeks from October to November 1918 at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne in World War I,” Milley said. “Think also that 26,000 American soldiers were killed in the eight weeks of the summer of 1944 from the beaches of Normandy to the liberation of Paris.”
Recalling the 58,000 Americans killed in the summer of 1944 alone during the outbreak of World War II, he added: “This is the human cost of the war between the great powers. The butcher’s bill.”
Thinking of her own graduation, Milley paraphrased a popular Bob Dylan song of the time: “We can hear the light breeze in the air. And right now as we sit here on the West Point plain, we can see the flags. from the storm waving in the wind. We can hear in the distance the loud thunder. The heavy rain is about to fall. “