In this Thursday, June 1, 2017 photo released by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, USS Ronald Reagan, bottom, and USS Carl Vinson, right top, sail along Japan Maritime Self Defense Force JS Hyuga, right center, and other vessels during a Japan-U.S. joint training in the Sea of Japan. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force via AP)
Michael Horowitz: The Future Of War Is Fast Approaching In The Pacific - Are The U.S. Military Services Ready?
Is the era of unparalleled U.S. conventional military superiority coming to an end? Many senior U.S. military leaders are worried. The ongoing general proliferation of precision strike capabilities, cross-domain threats from cyber, space, and beyond, rising operational competence in potential adversaries, and the anticipation of rapidly diffusing new commercial technology with military relevance is placing American conventional overmatch at risk. Moreover, this is not just a story about air and naval superiority. As U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in October 2016, “[W]e are on the cusp of a fundamental change in the character of warfare, and specifically ground warfare.” The future conventional battlefield will be more contested than the battlefields U.S. ground forces have become accustomed to over the last generation. A complex environment featuring adversaries with the capacity to launch attacks in multiple domains will further require an American military able to do the same. Thus, senior U.S. military leaders such as Milley and Adm. Harris, as well as a number of commentators, increasingly recognize the need for a “multi-domain” approach to the security environment.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. is ready to fight a major war today .... it is tomorrow that the military planners are worried about.