Preparing Today’s Military for Tomorrow’s Wars

Whether or not we are officially at war with ISIS is a reoccurring debate in today’s mass media.  Part of what makes this question so compelling is that the concept of war, and how it’s fought, has dramatically changed since the end of the Cold War. 

Take, for example, the evolving nature of “the enemy.”  During the Cold War, the clear black-and-white, democracy-versus-communism world order enabled the U.S. to have one primary enemy—the Soviet Union.  No matter the theater of operation or the uncertainty propping up the world order, a nuclear missile directed toward Moscow would deter any major attack on the homeland.

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