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Trouble in the "next war"?
« on: May 15, 2018, 07:18:36 AM »
https://breakingdefense.com/2018/05/generals-worry-us-may-lose-in-start-of-next-war-is-multi-domain-the-answer/

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QUANTICO: Russia or China could “overrun” US allies at the outbreak of war, senior military leaders fear, and our plan to stop them is very much a work in progress. Iraq and Syria have given sneak previews of how the US can combine, say, hackers, satellites, special operators, and airstrikes in a single offensive, but we’re not yet ready to launch such a multi-domain operation against a major power.

“There is a good chance… we’d lose the opening stages of this war,” said one participant in a high-level all-service conference on multi-domain operations held here last month. (I was allowed to attend on the condition I not identify anyone). “Parts of the Pacific, parts of Europe are probably going to be overrun before we can gather ourselves.”

“If deterrence fails, we’re not going to be able to prevent loss of terrain and populations,” the speaker continued. “Just look at the Baltic States,” where every potential target is just a few hours’ drive from the Russian border and the NATO presence — one multinational battalion each in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland — is often dismissed as a “tripwire.” With US allies this exposed, the speaker said, “we’d give ground, and we’d have to consolidate and gather our resources to make a counter push.”

But when we try to counterattack, today’s adversaries won’t allow the US four or five months to mobilize, deploy, and prepare the way Saddam Hussein did twice (in 1990-91 and 2002-3), added another participant: “We’re predictable. They’ve built a system to take advantage of that predictability.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — a former joint commander himself — has pledged to make the US “strategically predictable for our allies” (i.e. dependable) but “operationally unpredictable for any adversary.” Part of being unpredictable is developing ways of fighting, and the concept with the most momentum in the last few years is multi-domain operations. The different US services have long worked with each other in limited ways, most notably when Air Force, Navy, and Marine aircraft support Army and Marine ground forces. But the multi-domain concept wants to jointness to a much higher level: seamless integration of land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace over vast warzones, with each service both assisting and being assisted by the others.

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Re: Trouble in the "next war"?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 07:27:20 AM »
"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplace of existence."
-Sherlock Holmes

"You know, just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets."
-Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

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Re: Trouble in the "next war"?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 07:28:28 PM »
I see this military psycho babble a lot.  The logic sequence quoted in the article is:

1 China or Russia will roll over any adversary in their sphere (gee, this has been true since the cold war)
2 The US won't have time to mobilize large forces required to stop this aggression
3 Mattis has a cute phrase that says we must be both predictable and unpredictable
4 The flavor-of-the-month for being unpredictable is multi-domain warfare

Somehow number 4 solves number 2.  And somehow number 4 is unpredictable?

I spent a lot of time this year reading the National Defense Strategy and the Defense Planning Guidance.  It's really scary that we spent tons of man-hours producing it, and it's really scary that people think this is a meaningful strategy.

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Re: Trouble in the "next war"?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 06:41:50 AM »
If trailrunner is scared, I'm scared, to be honest.

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Re: Trouble in the "next war"?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 06:57:29 AM »
It's really scary that we spent tons of man-hours producing it, and it's really scary that people think this is a meaningful strategy.

when was the last time we had any meaningful strategy at the national level?  1985?
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