Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fundamental Changes in Warfare

There's some interesting developments out there that 4GW strategists should take note of.


Sean said...

I think we are in this position because Obongo deliberately put us here, as part of the leftist plan to bring this country down. Shrillery will not put things aright, but there is a possibility that Trump just might. In any case, some one needs to get on the stick, and get us ready to deal with these "adversaries", fucked up economy and divided nation and all. Otherwise we will wind up with millions MORE people here that don't belong here, and they'll be speaking Russian, or Chinese. We could start by having every single moslem here leaving, and at the same time, all the other illegals. Internal security is zippo right now, with these fifth columnists all over the place. Do that, and embark on a smart plan to bring our Armed Forces up to better than snuff regarding the new situation as it is. We are setting ourselves up, as it is, for a new Pearl Harbor, only it ain't going to be way out there in the Pacific, it'll be in every hometown, on Main Street, right outside our living rooms, and there ain't going to be no recovery this time. Remember, prior to our being thrust into World War II, very few people saw the POSSIBILITY of a devastating first attack by the Japs, even though is was plain as day. These threats are screaming in our faces, but most in this country are occupied with self. The threats we face are nation ending horrors, like a Japanese fleet of air craft carriers waiting in the ocean off of Hawaii. They are real, they are VERY credible, they are going to proceed, and we have the possibility of heading them off, IF we get with the program.

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Anonymous said...

One problem the old USSR had to deal with is that only 40% of their conscripts had any fluency in Russian. I'm wondering if the pared down Russian Federation has a similar problem and if so to what degree.

Chiu ChunLing said...

The mindset of the article strikes me as deeply misguided, not least in the implicit assertion that some combination of increased professionalism in certain national military forces and technological advances becoming more common in civilian hands constitute "Fundamental Changes in Warfare".

China and Russia, after a long period in which actual use of conventional forces to accomplish their national aims was in relative eclipse, are modernizing and upgrading their actual capabilities sufficiently to address potential conflict scenarios. The only surprising thing here is that some nations still aren't investing in real military capabilities commensurate with their national resources.

As for previously cutting edge technology becoming widely available, when in living memory has this not been an ongoing process?

On the subject of countering cyberwarfare capabilities, I find the article singularly obtuse. Creating information systems capable of withstanding external attack, whether from mere criminals or adversary nations, is a task which should be left to the free-market, centralizing or attempting to "coordinate" such efforts is exactly the wrong response. Even worse is the implicit suggestion that this technology should be controlled, defenses against information attack must be allowed to proliferate both in order to ensure the security of economically vital private enterprises as well as to allow the technology to evolve to become really effective against attackers. The idea of creating a military authority over such systems is basically like suggesting that because steel is a vital national resource for military use, all production and technical innovation of steel must be placed under strict military control. I can think of no better way to ensure economic stagnation or outright destruction of a militarily vital major industry...though our current economic policies don't seem terribly far removed.