The Army’s top leader says soldiers will be operating in extremely austere conditions and fighting amid dense urban populations under constant threat of electronic surveillance that can make it dangerous to stay in one place for long.
This is the future of ground warfare, but a future that is taking shape now and presenting the Army with unprecedented challenges, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Tuesday in a keynote address at the Association of the U.S. Army meeting in Washington, D.C.
“There is no doubt in my mind that a combination of geopolitical and societal change will result in the most significant and profound change in war we have ever seen in history,” Milley said.
So, here’s a thought… for the sake of the planet and all it’s animals and flora, how about working toward ending war, all war, rather than maintaining perpetual wars? Crazy notion, huh? But then that would leave guys like Milley with nothing to do.
And I couldn’t help but shake my head when reading this from the man who has done so much for drone warfare and has been so utterly disappointing in most of the actions he’s taken during his eight years in office:
President Obama warns in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely.
In the interview, with New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Obama expressed agreement with one of the most salient critiques of his drone war, that it risks creating “institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies.”
Kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it?