Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The new military

I finally found someone who agrees with me! At least, on the idea that the "military of the future" should not be structured exclusively to combat terrorism and insurgencies. As Mark Helprin writes in this column from Opinion Journal, we should be keeping our eyes open to the threat already visible on the horizon: China. Their economy, while focused in manufacturing, not information, is growing at least as fast as ours is, and their military and political power is not far behind. This unipolar world will not stay so for long, as China rises to fill the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union. While they may prove to be valuable allies, it would be wise to be prepared for the possibility that they would actively oppose US interests. Hmm... this is a bit disorganized, but I'm tired. Maybe I'll come back and clean it up later...

UPDATE: An interesting rebuttal (in part) to the "our army needs to be able to beat China's" theory from Let's Try Freedom:

Error three is assuming that the way to beat a Chinese army is with an American army. Our advantage against the Chinese will never be that we can field an army capable of beating theirs in a two-masses-collide-on-a-plain battle. It will be that our logistical tail is incomparably better, our command of air, sea and space is unchallenged, and that when we do have to fight man to man, our units are superior. Those are the elements where we need to achieve and/or maintain supremacy. If we end up in a situation where the US Army is fighting the Red Army, we've already lost the war. We sink the Red Army when it tries to deploy, or we lose.


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