WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs to prepare for a potential conflict in the future, which bears a resemblance to the long-running “old war” that has occupied the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday. Friday in his first major policy speech.
Austin called for better control of technological advances and the integration of global military operations to “Understand faster, decide faster and act faster”
“The way we fight in the next great war will look different from the way we last fought,” Austin said during a trip to the US Pacific Command in Hawaii.
Austin did not explicitly mention competitors like China or Russia. But his remarks came as the United States began to unconditionally withdraw from Afghanistan at the behest of President Joe Biden aiming to end America̵7;s longest war and reset the Pentagon’s priorities.
Austin admits he takes “Almost two decades of running the last war”
Critics say the withdrawal from Afghanistan will not end the Asian country’s internal conflict, end the threat of terrorism, or create a 20-year experience of an unrelated war against insurgency because of the unrelated organizations. There is a strength like the Islamic State spread all over the world.
Austin’s remarks did not specify any specific action or anticipate any conflicts.He appears to have drafted a rather vague broad target to propel the Pentagon under Biden’s management.
“We can’t predict the future,” Austin said, “so what we need is the right combination of technology, concept and operational capability, all woven together in a reliable, resilient network. And formidable, which will give the opponent a pause. “
Preventing conflicts means creating “The merits for us and the unpleasant issues for them,” he said.
He said the U.S. response could be indirect, outlining situations in which cyber warfare could be used. “In response to maritime security incidents hundreds of miles away”
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; (Edited by David Gregorio and Leslie Adler)