, 2023-01-24 17:12:02,
Few contingencies are more concerning for US strategists than an all-out fight with China in the western Pacific. In the op-ed below, retired Adm. James Foggo and navalist Steven Wills argue that it might not be as bad as a recent wargame suggests, but he’s still plenty concerned the US has left a battle-proven operational concept to atrophy. Time to get it back in shape.
A recent unclassified wargame conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) suggested that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and the resulting American military response, would result in significant casualties for both sides and at best offer a “Pyrrhic victory” to the winner. Questions will no doubt be raised in response on the ability of the US Joint Force to combat Chinese aggression if called upon to defend US allies and partners.
The outcome of the CSIS wargame may indicate otherwise, but there is no need for panic. The reason for the conduct of such games is to learn from our mistakes and adjust doctrine, plans and strategy accordingly. The solution might entail taking a “back to the future approach,” and stealing an Air Force-Navy concept from more than a decade ago.
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