brigadier general john crane, commander of the u.s. army’s junior military training center, said some military analysts believe the future war “will be when someone sits in the basement of his mom’s house, drinking claw energy drinks and launching cyber-hacking attacks everywhere,” according to the hong kong asian times website on oct. 30. “i’m firmly opposed to that idea,” he said. ”
while new technologies may be a key factor in future wars, army leaders argue that traditional ground combat will still play an important role, the report said. the u.s. army is trying to balance this thorny opposition.
steve beynon of the u.s. military website writes that the u.s. army has ended decades of fighting with guerrillas in the middle east, and that its leaders are looking to tomorrow’s war. despite the rapid advances in cyber-weapons, drones and artificial intelligence technology, they stress that future wars will remain bloody close-range battles.
lieutenant general ted martin said: “these technologies are great, but in the end they all turn out to be a city war of grenades.
in the past few wars, the united states has fought primarily against enemies who do not have much advanced technology. but that would not be the case in conflict with russia or china, mr. beynon wrote.
martin is the commander of the u.s. army’s synthetic training center. he said future wars are not just “push the button” things, and u.s. ground forces will have to quickly approach and destroy the enemy.
speed and maneuverability will be crucial to avoid enemy fire, and getting close to the enemy quickly will make it difficult for the other side to drop bombs, as it could hurt their own forces by mistake.
the days of fighting in afghanistan, when troops often remained on a humble front-line base against the taliban, are never come back, beynon wrote.
“we’re not going to fight the way we did in 2003, when we had air superiority and dominance, and the network didn’t play that much,” martin said. ”
“what we’re looking at now is what weapons (opponents) are studying and what military doctrines are there … our opponents move freely… using satellites… the ability to spy on us and to be able to launch long-range precision attacks. we need to get close and destroy quickly. ”