US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin believed that his country should prepare for a conflict that does not resemble “old wars”, calling for the integration of military operations on the global level in order to move faster.
In his first important political speech since taking office, the US Secretary of Defense said Friday that “the way in which we will fight in the next major war will look completely different from the way we fought in previous wars,” which consumed the Ministry of Defense for a long time.
During a visit to the US Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, Austin called for a rallying of technological advances and better integration of military operations globally to “understand faster, make decisions faster, and act faster.”
Austin acknowledged that he had spent “most of the past two decades carrying out the last of the ancient wars,” and he has learned lessons he will not forget.
Austin did not explicitly refer to competitors such as China or Russia, but his statements came at a time when the United States began to withdraw from Afghanistan on the orders of President Joe Biden to end the longest war of the United States, and to re-prioritize the Department of Defense (the Pentagon).
Austen’s remarks do not provide for specific procedures or foresee any specific conflict, and appear to outline the broad goals of the Pentagon leadership under the Biden administration.