Facing China, the United States continues its military technological revolution
The US military must integrate current technological advances to maintain its superiority over China, assured Thursday the top officer of the Pentagon, which also estimated that the United States should deploy smaller but better armed forces abroad. . ” We are in the midst of a fundamental change in the character of war ”, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said at a defense forum.
Precision guided missiles, drones and other robotic equipment as well as advanced communications satellites, and those who know how to use them best, will be “decisive” in a war, he added. “We can see the world today like never before”, he explained. ” You can locate, track, identify and if you can see, now that you have precision long-range weaponry, you can strike. It’s fundamental and it has a huge effect on the future of combat ”.
AI, a “Fundamental change”
Artificial intelligence, man-machine alliance, robotics, precision armaments and ” some hypersonic weapons “ will cause a “Fundamental change” on the global battlefield, added General Milley. According to him, robotic weapons will be generalized within 10 or 15 years, and China is rapidly developing its capabilities. “They would like not only to catch up but to overtake and dominate” the United States and “To be able to fight in armed conflicts by the middle of the century”, he said.
The general, who is expected to retain his post after the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden, advocated a reduction in troops stationed abroad, believing that the permanent bases in South Korea or Bahrain could make soldiers, their families and soldiers vulnerable. civilian employees. “Smaller troops, distributed widely around the world and very difficult to detect will be the key to the military future”, he explained.
A quarter of automated vessels
To prevent China from taking control of the western Pacific in the event of conflict, he said the United States should deploy units in the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia, equipped with long-range missile batteries that could target Chinese ships. For that, the Pentagon must increase its fleet from 300 ships currently to 500 by 2045, of which at least a quarter would be automated, and build up to 90 submarines, he said.
This list does not include giant aircraft carriers, targets easily hit by possible Chinese long-range missiles, he added. This modern fleet is the best deterrent, General Milley said. ” I am not saying that we are going to wage war on China, we want to prevent a war with China, and we are going to have to invest in military capabilities to prevent that from happening ”, he said.