The never ending political tension between the United States and its communist detractors Russia and China perpetuate the ever growing WW3 fears. From Russian aggression in Eastern Europe to Chinese militarization in South China Sea, the United States appear to be on the brink of a major war.
The U.S. Army planners believe they may have to fight a ?near-peer? adversary within five years. Near-peer basically means military powers, such as the Russian and the Chinese, who have rapidly modernizing armies and high end warfare technology similar to the United States.
U.S. Army Not Ready
Should such a near-peer war break out, the United States is not ready to contain such threat as that of Russia and China. Though the United States may ultimately prevail in such a war scenario, they may end up paying a high price in blood and resources. At least that?s what the?Pentagon?s top officers told the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 15.
A National Interest article cited the arguments of several defence officials to cite the unpreparedness of the U.S. to take on its major rivals. The United States Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told the Senate committee that his service does not have the resources and the training to fight such a war without ?high military risk.? The risk in this context means the ability of the Army to meet its objectives on time and with acceptable losses in terms of the dead and the wounded.
US Navy, Marines and Airforce Need Training
Admiral John Richardson, chief of Naval Operations, stated the same about the U.S. Navy.??I concur with Gen. Milley,? Richardson told the committee. ?If we get into one of those conflicts, we?ll win, but it?s going to take a lot longer than we?d like and it?s going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.?
Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the United States Marine Corps, also agreed with his peers. He added that his force was specifically focused on the anti-terrorism fight and quite effective at that. But their adversaries, meanwhile, built up much better force and were growing ever more capable. He concluded that their forces also need to get back to the traditional warfare and match up with their peers.
On the other hand, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein was more measured in his testimony, though overall agreed with others. Goldfein said the kind of conflict the nation gets involved in does matter in the end. He, however, stated that the U.S. couldn?t simultaneously defend their nation if involved in a number of major and minor conflicts.
The defence officials concluded that in the end, war should be avoided at all costs. They should hence prepare to deter enemies with increasing military capabilities. In case they have to go to war, the U.S. officers wanted to secure their interests and end it swiftly. This would help minimize the casualties and the losses to both U.S. and rivals.