The United States had been planning methodically for an imminent World War III even before tensions over the Ukraine crisis became ripe or tensions between NATO and Russia worsened.
The government had been in meticulous planning of a third world war against China and Russia even before the proxy war in Syria or even before the maturity of the South China Sea dispute.
Morning News USA had been closely monitoring developments of the possibility of WWIII with the U.S. pitted against Russia and China – whether the threat perceived is of a looming nuclear war, cyberwarfare or even a space war – always with regards to the tensions in NATO-Russia borders, the South China Sea dispute and situation in Syria. However, three congressional hearings, attended and first reported by the World Socialist Website, revealed that the government had prepared for WW3 long before these major conflicts happened.
Indeed, Morning News USA found that three pertinent hearings were conducted by U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Hearings on the Future of Warfare, Future Options for the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent and Aircraft Carrier – Presence and Surge Limitations were all held on Nov. 3.
One witness on the Future of Warfare session was Dr. Peter Singer, a Strategist and Senior Fellow for New America. Singer’s presentation is titled “The Lessons of World War 3.” In his prepared statement, Singer discussed in length the possible scenarios of which US, Russia and China might ignite a new war of the world.
“US and Chinese warships battle at sea, firing everything from cannons to cruise missiles to lasers. Stealthy Russian and American fighter jets dogfight in the air, with robotic drones flying as their wingmen. Hackers in Shanghai and Silicon Valley duel in digital playgrounds. And fights in outer space decide who wins below on Earth. Are these scenes from a novel or what could actually take place in the real world the day after tomorrow? The answer is both,” Singer said in his speech.
Singer noted that at the start of the 21st century the possibility of WW3 was seemingly put into the nations’ rearview mirror. He said that the government thought war will erupt between powerful states and failed states, or from threats from organized national militaries to transnational networks of individual terrorists and insurgents. But war may not happen in these scenarios anymore, Singer said.
“In the coming decades, a war might ignite accidentally, such as by two opposing warships trading paint near a reef not even marked on a nautical chart. Or it could slow burn and erupt as a reordering of the global systems in the late 2020’s, the period at which China’s military buildup is on pace to match the U.S.”
Another witness, Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, talked about how Russia, China and the ISIS have now leveled capabilities with U.S. in the battlefield. After almost three decades of military dominance following the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States is facing an era of increased competition, he said. “They are leveraging their proximity to U.S. allies and new military capabilities to pursue their objectives while increasing the risk for arriving U.S. forces. This may significantly raise the bar for American intervention while aggressors quietly accrete territory and influence at the expense of America’s friends and allies,” Clark said in his speech to the committee.
Third witness, General Keith Alexander, talked about cyberwarfare, noting particularly that it is in cyber world that state espionage became rampant. “Hacks against government systems and the rampant theft of core U.S. intellectual property from our companies, or financial crime conducted by criminal syndicates and nation,” he said.
The World Socialist Website noted that the overall vibe during the hearing is one of a victorious America, meaning no one has spoken about U.S. being defeated in whatever way WWIII may take form. Everyone was optimistic that American will prevail at whatever means, cause and cost for that matter. Absent were opinions recognizing that WWIII will exhaust resources of America, both economic and human. Not present were statements that a third world war will reduce the living standards of America, not to mention dramatic death tolls that could spell the end of humanity.