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Although conflict and violence remain immutable to the nature of war, the methods through which nations pursue political goals continue to evolve and change. How the changing character of conflict manifests and what the Army must do to prepare for tomorrow requires our continued study of the profession of arms to learn how today’s world will shape tomorrow’s conflicts. Prescience isn’t perfect. As the historian Sir Michael Howard observed, “No matter how clearly one thinks, it is impossible to anticipate precisely the character of future conflict.” While we cannot predict the future; we can anticipate based on observable trends. But as Howard warned, “The key is to not be so far off the mark that it becomes impossible to adjust once that [View Full...]
One of our most important duties as Army professionals is to think clearly about future armed conflict. That is because our vision of the future must drive change to ensure that our Army is prepared to prevent conflict, shape the security environment, and win wars. Since the Army cannot predict who and where it will fight it must anticipate changes in the character of warfare and adapt quickly to these changes to ensure that Army forces are manned, trained, and equipped to overmatch future enemies and potential adversaries. Adaptation is responding to new needs or changes without a loss of functionality. Because the acceleration of technological change is outpacing the ability of DOD acquisition systems to develop and field capabilities, [View Full...]
"Rapid military modernization, the proliferation of advanced capabilities, including long-range precision missiles and advanced sensors, and their spreading into the hands of potential adversaries has resulted in a need for land forces to adapt to the diverse range of challenges we will face."
"Multi-domain battle is more than the ability to work in multiple domains. We already do this quite effectively in today's Air Operations Centers. It is also more than operations in one domain supporting or complementing operations in a [View Full...]
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