US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley on May 21 warned of the threat of global conflict and changes in weapons technology.
“The world you are confronted with has the potential for a major great power conflict. And that risk is increasing, not decreasing,” General Milley told graduates of the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. “We are now facing two world powers, China and Russia, both of which have significant military capabilities and both are intent on changing the existing rules-based order,” he added.
According to the official, weapons technology will change dramatically in the coming decades and technology will no longer be the obvious US advantage like it used to be.
“You will fight against tanks, ships and robotic planes. We’ve seen a revolution in deadly weapons and precision weapons. What was once a US military monopoly is now a US military monopoly. Most countries have the premise of owning them”.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is “at the core of this profound change,” he emphasized. “The superiority that the United States has achieved militarily over the past 70 years is rapidly waning. And indeed, the United States is being challenged on every war zone, from space to space. Net, sea, and even land.”
General Milley’s comments came amid escalating tensions between Russia and the US and its Western allies over Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Using the Ukraine conflict as an example, Mr Milley said future warfare will be complex, with elusive adversaries and urban warfare requiring long-range precision weapons and advanced technologies.
Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, warned in the middle of the month that the West’s arms sales to Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict could increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Moscow and NATO, potentially dangerous and escalating into a full-blown nuclear war. “It would be a bleak prospect for everyone,” he said.
Vu Hoang (Corresponding FoxNews)