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It’s reported by VOA, the top U.S. military official made a request to new cadets at West Point on last Saturday: Prepare for future wars. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paints a grim picture of a world that is becoming more unstable, with two global powers, the Communist China and Russia. Both with significant military capabilities and fully intend to change the current rules -based order. He told West Point graduates that they must take responsibilities and prepare to defend America.

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Milley also said, “The potential for significant international conflict between great powers is increasing, not decreasing, whatever overmatch we enjoyed militarily for the last 70 years is closing quickly, and the United States will be, in fact, we already are challenged in every domain of warfare, space, cyber, maritime, air, and of course land.” the United States is under significant challenge in Europe, he said, Asia and the middle East. In Europe we see Russia as we just witnessed another invasion in Ukraine. In Asia we are in the 3rd decade of the largest global economic shift in 500 years resulting in a rapidly rising Communist China as a great power with a revisionist foreign policy backed up with an increasing capable military, also in Asia we are faced with a rogue North Korea that is rapidly increasing their missiles and deliverable nuclear weapons. In the middle East and parts of Africa we continue to see instability from terrorism in many places.

Milley also said that from what military has seen in Russian-Ukrainian war, future wars will be highly complex, the enemy will be elusive, and urban warfare will require long-rang precision weapons, as well as new advanced technologies. The U.S. has already shipped the new high-tech drones and other weapons to the Ukrainian military, but in some cases in rudimentary form. Weapons such as the miniature AeroVironment Switchblade drones were used in combat against the Russians while they were still in R&D phases. And as the tide of the war has changed—from Russian failed capture of the capital city of Kyiv to intense urban battles over towns in the eastern Donbas, the need for different types of weapons has shifted. The focus in the early weeks was on long-rang precision weapons such as Stinger and Javelin missiles, but now the emphasis is on artillery, as well as increasing howitzer deliveries.

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Over the next 25 to 35 years, the basic characteristics and weapons of warfare will continue to change. As the Army’s future leaders, the newly formed Second Lieutenant will fight robotic tanks, ships and airplanes, and rely on artificial intelligence, synthetic fuels, 3D manufacturing and ergonomics. Milley stressed, the U.S. military cannot afford to be old-fashioned, but must urgently modernize and develop the forces and equipment that can deter or, if necessary, prevail in a global conflict. And the graduating officers must change the way U.S. forces think, train and fight.

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Finally, Milley said to the officers and soldiers of West Point Military Academy, “it will be your generation that will carry the burden and shoulder the responsibility to maintain peace, to contain and to prevent the outbreak of great power war.” Before the end of the speech, he paraphrasing a Bob Dylan lyric, “we can feel the light breeze in the air. We can see the storm flags fluttering in the wind. We can hear in the distance the loud clap of thunder. A hard rain is about to fall.” That expressed his worries about the future.


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