What Shall We Learn from the War in Ukraine?
Mon, 08/29/2022 – 10:00
As the war in Ukraine rages on, military experts are collecting information and assessing whether current and future warfighting concepts are adequate to deter or, if necessary, fight and win future wars against a powerful enemy. Whether the U.S. military will use Ukraine to fairly stress test these concepts or simply interpret the findings to confirm the efficacy of these warfighting theories remains to be seen.
The United States military is currently organizing around the concept of Multi-Domain Operations. Multi-Domain Operations consist of the physical domains, and places increased emphasis on space, cyberspace, the electromagnetic spectrum, the information environment, and the cognitive dimension of warfare, sometimes referred to as the human terrain. The concept envisions combat forces working as part of joint, interagency, and multinational teams to deter and, if necessary, defeat highly capable peer enemies. The war in Ukraine has already provided insights that are at odds with key aspects of multi-domain operations. Most significantly, the multi-domain operational concept was irrelevant in its primary goal of deterring Russian aggression.
The American style of warfare has generally sought to crush opponents through offensive strategies of attrition or …read more
Source:: Hoover Institution