Accession Number:

ADA508846

Title:

The Unpredictable Future: The Necessity of Full-Spectrum Warfighting Capabilities

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Fourth Generation Warfare, the Three-block War, 21st Century Warfare, and Revolution in Military Affairs RMA are all names that have been used to describe the future of warfare. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, politicians, academics, military leaders, and defense contractors have been trying to ascertain the future of warfare and build Americas armed forces to face the challenge. Unfortunately, as this paper shall attempt to highlight, Americas armed forces have been generally ill-prepared to face the actual conflict it finds itself embroiled in, and ready for a war that never comes. Instead of attempting to gaze in a crystal ball and predict the nature of future conflicts, our political and military leaders should concentrate their energies, and Americas resources, on constructing a force structure that is capable of meeting the Nations security needs across the warfighting spectrum. Now this statement is obviously easier said then done. National security and the shape of Americas armed forces are very contentious issues in Washington. There are many policy makers, officials, and constituencies that have roles to play in the development of military power, especially in light of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our Nation and its interests around the globe for years to come. Instead of wasting time and resources trying to ascertain how warfare will look like in 2025, our leaders should concentrate on developing a balanced, well-equipped, well-led force. Only a force capable of defeating adversaries along the entire spectrum of warfare can ensure that America is never again caught unprepared.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE