When the Cold War ended, the world has changed fundamentally. Over half of the 20th century, a conflict of interest between the two superpowers and the specter of a third world war determined international politics, as well as the development of science and technology. But one day everything changed almost overnight.
Military clashes have not stopped in the 21 th century, but mostly it’s rebellion and terrorism. When one of the superpowers has ceased to exist, the possibility of a global conflict was reduced to zero.
Today, everything changes again. Tensions between strong states increases again. In Asia, China, being almost a superpower conflict with US allies such as Japan and the Philippines. Beijing has built 2,000 acres of new islands of sand and coral in the South China Sea (and supplied them with military bases and runways) and still claim to be a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea. In May, the United States began sending military ships at a distance of 12 nautical miles to the islands, as well as make reconnaissance of the area.
In Europe, too restless. The Russian invasion of Georgia has forced NATO to bring its forces in an unprecedented since the Cold War preparedness. Standing closer to the borders of NATO submarines and planes only add fuel to the fire.
All this is reflected in the military plans of the different states. The United States launched the so-called shift strategies, learning new technology to deter or defeat the strategic adversaries such as China and Russia. In turn, Han Xudong, a professor of the PLA National Defense University of China writes: “Developing our troops, we must keep in mind a third world war.”
A new arms race does not mean that the war is already under way or will begin soon. But the talk of those who will be on the front line next big war, the pilots of fighter pilots US to Chinese generals and anonymous hackers, it is clear that tomorrow’s battle will be different from today’s.
The next war will demand in all segments of the military. So what lies ahead.
On the ground. Exoskeletons, homing bullets and other improvements for the melee.
In the sea. Semi-stealth ships with long-range missiles, as well as laser and other unconventional weapons.
In the air. Unmanned aerial vehicles possess air completely.
In space. Anti-satellite systems and space rocket accommodation can seriously affect military operations.