Why America isn’t equipped for the new rules of war

Voss mcfate08finalSean McFate, a former paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and now professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.:

’Why are we doing things like buying more Ford-class aircraft carriers, or F35s? That stuff should be slashed. I would cut away the expensive conventional weapons, and beef up the things that are very effective in modern war: political warfare, strategic influence, lawfare, economic might, and deception. Want to blunt Russian encroachment in the Baltics? Forget shows of force—military deterrence is obsolete. Instead, start a “color revolution” on their border. Moscow is paranoid and would shift resources to squashing it. Want China out of the South China Sea? Stop throwing carrier groups into the region. Instead, covertly support the Uighur insurgency. Internal regime security will steal Beijing’s attention away.

Militaries can no longer kill their way out of problems in a global information age, and this is driving war into the shadows. Today, plausible deniability is more potent than firepower: winners and losers are no longer decided on the battlefield, but by those who can discern truth from lies. The best weapons today don’t fire bullets.…’

Via MIT Technology Review

  1 comment for “Why America isn’t equipped for the new rules of war

  1. Rich
    27 Oct 19 at 8.30 pm

    Sean McFate should remind us with whom he thinks the United States is at war? The very things Sean recommends are the very things the United States military/Intel community employed for well over two decades in undeclared wars against manufactured enemies. Perhaps he can get one of his students to perform a post-intervention assessment and show us how well regime change color revolution worked in Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela. Or perhaps he’s just another one of those venal, avaricious soldiers looking to pocket the pallets of cash rather than see it wasted as earmarked for those color revolution leaders. In Iraq alone those cash installments were said to have reached $1 billion dollars. “Militaries can no longer kill their way out of problems in a global information age, and this is driving war into the shadows.” Hahahahaha! Such loosening of associations among the former 82nd Airborne are typically found in the hospitalized patients suffering grandiose delusions at Walter Reed Army medical center. But my god, McFate is no less professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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