WASHINGTON- US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said on Saturday that the United States of America “is challenged in all areas of warfare: space, cyber, maritime, air and land.”
Milley said at the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2022 graduation ceremony in West Point, New York, “There’s the mother of all technology, artificial intelligence, where machines actually develop the ability to learn and reason.”
“These rapidly converging developments in time and space are driving this profound shift, the most profound shift ever recorded in human history,” he added. He continued, “However superior we, the United States, enjoy militarily; the United States is challenged in all areas of warfare: space, cyber, sea, air and land. »
He pointed out, “In your world, you’re going to have to optimize for urban combat, not rural combat. This has huge implications for intelligence gathering, vehicles, weapons design, development, logistics, camouflage, and every other aspect of our progression.
Additionally, Milley said, “It will be your generation that will bear the burden and shoulder the responsibility to keep the peace, to contain and prevent the outbreak of great power war.”
“We are also on the cusp of a change in the fundamental character of warfare,” he continued. “The nature of war is not going to change. It is always a political act. It is a human decision to impose their political will on their adversary through the use of violence.
Milley also reiterated that the 2022 graduates of the US Military Academy are America’s most valuable assets; its most important asymmetric advantage and they represent what is inherent in the US military.
As the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony today, the President told graduates they were essential to the military. “[You] became a team,” he said. “And you’re going to inspire each other for the rest of your lives.”
Milley told the graduates, who were made second lieutenants, that they represent the quality that gives America its unique strength. “You are what makes the United States fearless in the face of the difficult and driven by the impossible,” he said.
It was at the end of World War II that leaders crafted the rules-based international order of the US military, and that structure is now under intense strain, the president said.
Right now, a fundamental shift is taking place in the very character of warfare, he said. “We are facing, at this moment, two world powers: China and Russia, each with significant military capabilities, and both fully intent on changing the current rules-based order.”
And in Ukraine, we learn the lesson that “aggression left unaddressed only emboldens the aggressor,” Milley said. “Let us never forget the massacre we have just witnessed in Bucha. Know about the massacre that happened in Mariupol. And the best way to honor their sacrifice is to support their fight for freedom and stand against tyranny.
As the United States enters a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, the world the graduates are sent to presents the potential for significant international conflict between great powers, he told them. “And that potential is increasing, not decreasing,” he added.
“You enter a different world,” he said. “The United States faces significant challenges in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We see revanchist Russia, because we have just witnessed another invasion in Ukraine.
“In Asia, we are in the third decade of the greatest global economic change in 500 years, leading to China’s rapid growth as a great power with a revisionist foreign policy backed by an increasingly capable military.”
Also, in Asia, the United States faces North Korea, which is rapidly increasing its missile and nuclear weapons deliverables, he said, adding that in the Middle East and parts of the Africa, we continue to see instability due to terrorism in many places.
“[The] the maturity of various technologies that exist today or are in advanced stages of development, when combined, are likely to on their own change the character of warfare,” Milley noted.
In the future, the president said, we can, through rigorous analysis, determine what the world will look like. There will be many surprises along the way in the development of forces and weapons, but the structure and organization of our joint forces will have to change dramatically, he said. We all need to be open-minded. We can no longer cling to the concepts and organizations and weapons of the past, he added.
The US military must change its ways of thinking, training and fighting, he added. The joint combat concepts being developed will help guide the army as a roadmap for the future, he said, adding that the army must chart that course very quickly.
And we need to develop leaders who have incredible character under the intense pressure of ground combat, and there is nothing greater than ground combat leaders who will make the right moral and ethical choices, as well as the right tactical choice in the most emotionally charged environment you will have. never faced, he told the graduates, adding, “Each of you are those leaders.
“As you walk into your future, have the vision to change and prevent war from happening in the first place,” he said. Keeping the peace through the strength of the United States military and the example of our values is yours today,” he added. — Agencies