What’s The Armed Service And What Role Should It Fulfill?

The term “military” or “defence” can be used in a person sense in respect of a single soldier and what methods the person soldier takes to defend himself corresponding to; wearing protective gear, utilizing armaments or setting up safety reminiscent of a digging a trench or a foxhole.

Defence is essentially a term used when describing a navy unit’s defensive tactics when working against an opposing forces offensive, perhaps by seeking to circumnavigate the enemy position, delay an enemy attack or to wage a struggle of attrition whereby the enemy will lose numbers eventually permitting the defensive force to form a defensive position or carry out an offensive maneuver.

As anyone who pays attention to Military News In military operations planning, a defensive strategy is the coverage of preventing an attack, or minimizing the damage of an attack, by the forces assuming defense in strategic depth for preventing an enemy from conquering territory. Within the scope of a national protection policy, defense is used to include most navy issues.

The Vietcong employed each regular military models and guerrilla units so as to battle an offensive and defensive strategy. By the use of smaller cellular guerrilla forces the Vietcong waged a conflict on the assets of the American troopers, which included destroying provides and provide routes. They also used the Individuals resources when producing booby traps, including discarded gadgets akin to tin cans in addition to unexploded bombs which they would acquire and use for mines. These

Finally the efforts of the smaller cellular defensive guerrillas induced such an effect that the principle army was able to overrun the American forces with a massive assault know as the Tet Offensive.  Nowhere is this instance more outlined than within the Cold Battle stand offs of the mid to late twentieth century. One specific example of this is the Cuban Missile Disaster which involved the US and the Soviet Union in 1962. The Soviet and Cuban authorities had positioned nuclear weapons on Cuba as seen by American reconnaissance planes and, with the tension between the two nations already palpable, a standoff ensued with the ‘very actual’ threat of a nuclear conflict occurring. Fortunately diplomatic proceedings ensured that the crisis was settled comparatively amicably with the dismantling of the weaponry and a no-invasion agreement in place from the American authorities. And thank goodness, CBRN was not an issue at the time.

The role of military defence has been gradually shifted away from its primary role of providing security to enhancing commercial interest. With industrial growth and advancement of science and technology, the defence production led to a market oriented producer- purchaser relation between the developed and developing countries.The poor nation afflicted with conflicts became a super market for defence deals. For the powerful, military prowess which was earlier synonymous with political power has become a trademark of economic power. They had access to all types of weaponry including UAV technology which allowed them to flex their power.

The world community is now wiser and is conscious of the larger threat of survival posed by using up resources. They campaign for pooled resources through collective efforts to save mankind and the world from further depletion. Resources are scarce and even scarcer with rising population particularly in poor countries which are already afflicted with hunger, illiteracy and joblessness. For these countries, the preparation for an impending war, which may never occur, is a sheer wastage of precious resource in terms of man, money and material.

The political compulsions may tempt the authority to take pride in the strength of the defence force. The military men take great pride in themselves as the defenders of the country. With due respect and regard to the defence services, I have a considered opinion to express. I think military might is an outdated notion of exalting the national self esteem. Recent history of military powers have evidenced the fatality of this approach. The pride of the nation is in the human asset and any nation that failed to nurture its most precious asset will lose its national pride even if it owns the most sophisticated war weapons to erase the entire human race.

Big defence budgets in the developed world may entail an economic investment return out of defence production and sale exports. But how long can this go on? For poor countries, big defence budget produces a negative return, and hits the belly of the poor as his pie is taken away with every military purchase.In the new age, the defence security trade mark will diminish as more focus is now on economic security and sustainability of the future. The creative and innovative thinking to meet the future challenges will be a supreme consideration while war weapons will be valueless in the approaching apocalypse. More on this topic at Eisenhower. For instance, they might become Natural Disaster response companies, or design a Planetary Defense system to stop an incoming asteroid. It’s still defense in many regards. Maybe they would go out and stop Cyclones, Hurricanes, and typhoons.

Still, it’s almost a pipe dream to talk about anyway, especially in the present period because let’s face it wars are not going away anytime soon. So we could easily be 100 or 200 years from now before humans stop having wars. And right now we have a bigger problem anyway and that is international terrorism and the prospects of a rogue nation state giving nuclear weapons to terrorists. We definitely need a defense system to track, and stop such terrorist events, especially on soft targets.

Further, I don’t see nations with nukes as so bad, more I am worried about lunatic dictators, or terrorists having them. I’d rather the world didn’t have nuclear weapons at all, but since so many nations do, and more will soon follow, I very much doubt any nation will get rid of them, because they will want to be able to protect themselves, against the last nation that refuses to get rid of them. Now then, my acquaintance states the obvious;

In my personal library I have almost a whole row of books on the topic of nuclear proliferation, the Cold War, and many reports put forth during the Cold War by the Rand Corporation. I believe it is scary stuff, and it’s quite unfortunate, but it is what it is and we must deal with it without blinders. Please consider all this and think on it. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns you may e-mail me. I will not accept e-mails from anti-nuclear power activists.

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