According to the report, the U.S. Armys lack of pre war preparation can be described as a stain of evil. before entering the battlefield, the U.S. Army participating in World War I needs to receive professional training from Britain and France; the U.S. army engaged in World War II is only equipped with underpowered tanks, aircraft and antique rifles; the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq is also not well prepared in terms of unit structure and psychology Preparations for engaging in guerrilla warfare. When the U.S. Army carries out peace and order missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, traditional adversaries are limiting the mobility of the U.S. Army, counteracting the attack means of the U.S. Army, and even destroying the U.S. command and control system through the application of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, hypersonic weapons and Nanotechnology. Christian Bross, senior researcher of Carnegie Endowment for international peace, said that these cutting-edge technologies will greatly accelerate the whole process of finding, locating and striking targets, that is, the so-called kill chain.
US army uses m777 super light artillery to shoot
In response to these new challenges, the U.S. Army also tried to respond in advance. According to the army strategy released by the Pentagon in October 2018, the U.S. Army will restore itself from a counter insurgency oriented organization to a participant in traditional high-intensity war by 2028, the report said. The strategy requires the U.S. Army to make real, radical and even revolutionary changes in doctrine, training and force organization. The army has to be reconfigured to fight and win in a contested environment. In this environment, the US military will not control the air and sea as uncontested as it has since the end of the cold war. Mark Millie, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, said that the U.S. Army will examine the tactics needed for large-scale conventional wars, identify, refine and integrate the technologies specifically used in large-scale wars, and pay more attention to preparing for large-scale mechanized wars between big powers when developing weapons, technologies and platforms. The U.S. Army Armored Forces began to take turns to receive large-scale armored combat training at Irvine Fort national training center to improve their ability to deal with powerful enemies.
The army is also ambitious to try to play a more important role. For example, the U.S. Army is developing extended range cannon system, if the U.S. Navy is unable to enter the South China Sea due to the PLAs regional denial strategy in the future, the army can use such ultra long-range guns from nearby islands or other bases to destroy the enemys land or sea targets, disrupt the opponents regional denial defense, and kick the door for the Navy or Marine Corps..
At the same time, the U.S. Army is ready to engage in grey zone conflict with potential adversaries. Russia successfully used the theory of mixed war in the civil war of Ukraine, combining traditional military means with cyber war, agent war and economic war, the report said.
US Army soldiers participate in combat drills
According to the U.S. Armys plan, ensuring combat readiness is the armys top priority by 2022. To this end, the U.S. Army will greatly expand its forces, increasing the size of its regular forces from the current 476000 to more than 500000. Different from the embarrassing situation of robbing the east wall to replace the west wall, all the troops used for emergency operations and overseas deployment will be equipped with complete personnel and advanced equipment before the expedition.
Since then, the U.S. Army plans to turn its attention to new operational concepts and mature weapon systems. This includes a major upgrade of the armys missile defense system in response to Chinas and Russias strong regional denial capabilities. In terms of equipment modernization, the U.S. Army plans to introduce a series of new long-range precision weapons, including hypersonic missiles, a new generation of combat vehicles, helicopters and drones. At the same time, the U.S. Army has abandoned the unrealistic concept of zero casualties and only hopes to make use of these advanced equipment so that in the future, the army can penetrate the enemys defense with an acceptable degree of loss.
It is worth noting that the U.S. Army first formed an experimental force in Indo Pacific Command, including special forces specialized in intelligence, information, network, electronic warfare and space operations. However, the report acknowledged that there are still strong conservative forces within the US Army, which seriously hinder the latters ability to adapt to the new development.
Source: editor in charge of global network: Li Zaixing, nbjs9026