The United States’ preparedness for armed conflict was put to the test in an exercise last October, which ended up revealing serious weaknesses in its combat strategy, reports Inside the business community.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten said Monday: “Without exaggerating the problem, he failed miserably. ”
During the simulated war, described as “a fictitious confrontation with China” which involved a fight for Taiwan, the imaginary enemy upended the Blue Team’s “information dominance” strategy (i.e. say from the United States).
“An aggressive red team [taking the role of hostiles] who have been studying the United States for the past 20 years turned us around, ”Hyten said. He added, “They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it, and they took advantage of it.
“Imagine what our real competitors have been doing over the past 20 years, probably with even more attention, with more,” said Mr. Hyten. “So we had to step back and look wide and say, ‘OK, what did we miss? “”
Mr. Hyten said that US forces had attempted to establish information dominance, “as was the case in the First Gulf War, as in the past 20 years, like everyone else, y including China and Russia, observed us. do over the past 30 years.
The attempt was immediately unsuccessful, due to the US military’s reliance on digital data and communications, which can be disrupted if US satellites are targeted. The simulated engagement also showed that the regrouping of American forces could make them more vulnerable to enemies of the great powers.
The Pentagon has since sought how to update its approach to warfare to a strategy of “broad maneuver”. Its goal is to develop the ability to attack in a way that prevents an opponent from defending itself, and to connect the bonds of command and control to give commanders a clearer picture of the battlefield.
Mr. Hyten said the changes were essential as the US military’s military advantage over rival powers like China “is rapidly declining.”