Meifang Zhang Gates: while winning two wars have been unrealistic
5 7, in the Afghan capital Kabul, U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates spoke at a news conference. 6 Gates arrived in Afghanistan to begin its three-day visit. Xinhua News Agency reporter Zha Bishe
Xinhua Beijing, June 20 (Sun Ruibo) news websites, according to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Defense Secretary Gates, 18, told a news conference at the Department of Defense, the U.S. military need to enhance the adaptability to respond to future threats in regional conflicts, while winning two wars is an unrealistic idea.
the U.S. military needs to adapt to battlefield weapons
Gates that U.S. forces face the future in terms of size and intensity of the conflict there is a big uncertainty. “We need to purchase the most adaptable weapon.”
Gates says U.S. troops need both unconventional warfare experts, also need to keep conventional weapons of deterrence to other countries. He said, “Quadrennial Defense Review Report” will consider both demand and adjust the size of the army.
Currently, the U.S. being two wars. U.S. military needs advanced weaponry and training to win the corresponding victory. Gates that the adjustment of the structure of military procurement is for the sake of front-line combat soldiers, and in April suggested the military procurement budget is the recent U.S. experience in non-traditional combat institutionalized as the practice of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War.
simultaneously fight two wars of ideas no longer apply
Gates said: “For a long time, we can simultaneously fight two wars in accordance with the Standard build the army, which is an unrealistic idea. “He said that the new” Quadrennial Defense Review Report “should be amended accordingly.
“We have been caught in Iraq and Afghanistan. If there are third, fourth, fifth war-like it?”
from the Cold War began, the U.S. military has been follow the size of the army on the establishment of the concept of winning two wars at the same time on the basis of.
United States, “Defense News” website reported that the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright, vice chairman, said the U.S. must adjust its size and basic strategy in order to meet the next five to 10 years of military tasks.
Pentagon officials also said that the world has undergone major changes, “while winning two wars,” the strategy is no longer suitable for the U.S. military.
Gates defense: not neglect the traditional weapons
Gates said at the press conference, both traditional and non-conventional weapons, the military needs, the weapon itself is so absurd to categorize things.
Gates said the U.S. can not ignore the conventional warfare capabilities, but also can not ignore the response to non-traditional war. The new arms purchase plan will give priority to respond to an immediate threat to the development of weapons systems. He believes that these weapons systems “will allow the U.S. to maintain 20 to 25 years of technological superiority.”
He added: “expected to cost $ 1 trillion in the F-35 has some ability to F -22 not, the war for the future, this is not a short-sighted investment on the military to prepare to seek from the beginning of fiscal year 2010, “Ohio”-class submarine of the alternatives is untrue. “