Genl. Milley warns West Point graduates of 'increasing' risk of global war, 'robotic tanks'

The world you are being commissioned into has the potential for a significant international conflict between great powers. And that potential is increasing, nie afneem nie,” Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the cadets at the 2022 commencement ceremony in West Point, New York.

Amerikaanse. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes during the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2022 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, Mei 21, 2022.

Amerikaanse. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes during the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2022 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, Mei 21, 2022. (Reuters/David Dee Delgado)

“En op die oomblik, at this very moment, a fundamental change is happening in the very character of war. We are facing right now two global powers, Sjina and Russia, each with significant military capabilities, and both who fully intend to change the current rules based order,” Het Milley gesê.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is teaching the world thataggression left unanswered only emboldens the aggressor,” Het Milley gesê.

Let us never forget the massacre that we have just witnessed in Bucha nor the slaughter that occurred in Mariupol. And the best way to honor their sacrifice is to support their fight for freedom and to stand against tyranny,” Het Milley gesê.

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The urban character of the war in Ukraine is something Milley sees as a characteristic of future battlefields, wat sal wees “highly complex and almost certainly decisive in urban areas against elusive, ambiguous enemies that combine terrorism and warfare alongside conventional capabilities — all embedded within large civilian populations.

Weapons technology will also change dramatically in future decades, Het Milley gesê, and the shift will be as radical as the change from musket to the rifle, the rifle to the machine gun or from sailing to steam ships. And the technological edge is no longer automatically in America’s favor.

You’ll be fighting with robotic tanks and ships and airplanes,” Het Milley gesê. “We’ve witnessed a revolution in lethality and precision munitions. What was once the exclusive province of the United States military is now available to most nation states with the money will to acquire them.

Amerikaanse. Army General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks during the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2022 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, Mei 21, 2022.

Amerikaanse. Army General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks during the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2022 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, Mei 21, 2022.

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