Are we headed to World War III? We’ve had so much unsettling and frightening news recently regarding world powers clashing. Russia is running massive drills where 40 million citizens prepare for a nuclear attack, Vladimir Putin has canceled a nuclear treaty with the United States, and Russia has set up numerous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems in Syria and warned that “any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.”
This week during the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, Maj. Gen. William Hix made these daunting proclamations:
“A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast. And we will not own the stopwatch. The speed of events are likely to strain our human abilities. The speed at which machines can make decisions in the far future is likely to challenge our ability to cope, demanding a new relationship between man and machine.”
During the future-of-the-Army panel at the conference, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and training, added that America faces threats from “modern nation-states acting aggressively in militarized competition.” Then he said, “Who does that sound like? Russia?”
Hix added that China is a growing threat as well and together the two powers are mustering conventionally massive militaries that are increasingly technological — and forcing the Pentagon to contemplate and prepare for “violence on the scale that the U.S. Army has not seen since Korea.”
This came at the same conference where Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said:
“I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm….the United States military – despite all of our challenges, despite our [operational] tempo, despite everything we have been doing – we will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that.”
Besides all the doom and gloom talk, there was also some badass equipment displayed at the Association of the U.S. Army.
Just How Close Are We To World War III, Bros?