Posted on Nov 8, 2018
SFC Louis Melendez
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Where do you see the U.S. military 10 years from now? Do you see very tough challenges ahead of us? If so, what would you recommend to do so we start educating our formations and passing that institutional/strategic knowledge to them?

I just thought about this and how quickly things change in the military. Sometimes we get caught up on our day-to-day tasks and forget about this things. For example, we are close to have a generation that for the most part (18+ years) have served during the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and other places while we keep hearing rumors of possible conflicts with countries like China, Russia, or NK. Again, we are used to this pace and things are cooking in the back that will come up after some of us retire or are close to retire. I'm trying to see what others think...

Have a good one!
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10 years from now? I see myself being retired for 7 years. But, the future is pushing less from the COIN fight to the Peer/Near Peer engagements. That’s what we are turning back to.
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SFC Louis Melendez
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CW3 (Join to see) Chief, I'll be near the 18 year mark! I agree with you in reference to COIN and Peer/Near Peer engagements. The question is which one of the "big 4"?
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MSgt Neil Greenfield
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SFC Louis Melendez Well, you might get caught up in another stop-loss action and won’t be able to retire!
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SFC Louis Melendez
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MSgt Neil Greenfield - Lol, I hope that doesn't happen! That would be horrible...
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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New weapons systems like laser and rail guns. Better smart bombs. More infrastructure for information. IA. Maybe spaced based weapons. AI. Drones. We will continue to focus on the full spectrum of operations, conventional and insurgencies. Some innovations will promote new tactics and or doctrine.
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SFC Louis Melendez
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MAJ (Join to see) I agree with you! Artificial Intelligence will probably become a key ingredient to our future fights. Hell, look at the way we are slowly incorporating robots of all kinds to our arsenal.
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SFC Louis Melendez - And we can not stop researching because technology begets more technology.
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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A GREAT POST; ON YOUR PART SFC Louis Melendez!
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SFC Louis Melendez
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SPC Margaret Higgins Thank you for your service. I was just curious to see what others thought about this subject. Take care!
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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SFC Louis Melendez - Thank You for Your Service; and for Your Sacrifice, Louis. I am sure that you are doing a terrific job! (I am assuming you are still Active?)
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