September 14, 2023

The US Military’s Grave New Frontier: Training for Conflict—Theoretically—With Another Superpower

Source: Vanity Fair

Journalist: Phil Klay

After a recent trip to Washington, DC—to help military experts workshop peer-to-peer war—Austrian army officer Franz-Stefan Gady, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told me that this new cultural and tactical pivot among the world’s major powers “could be as big of a change as going from frontier soldiers chasing Comanches to the Civil War.”

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“If China fought it out, it’d be the first war since the Civil War where the US mainland was threatened,” Gady maintained. “America’s wars are never coming home to you. You always have a safe haven, like those Norman Rockwell paintings, where Thanksgiving will always be served. But China will have to hit US critical infrastructure. There’s not going to be a safe haven.”

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Authors

  • Franz-Stefan Gady

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Franz-Stefan Gady has advised militaries in Europe and the United States on structural reform and the future of high-intensity warfare. He is a former Senior Fellow with the I...