What’S The Army And What Purpose Can It Serve?

April 27, 2011

Army defence has a number of different meanings depending on what standards you apply the reference to.

Without a doubt, the term "defense" is just another way of describing a conflict, utilized by governments to mirror their non-aggressive posture of their area which doesn't carry the unfavourable connotation of war, resembling Ministry or Division of Defense. Many Military News organizations agree with this definition.

In navy operations planning, a defensive technique is the coverage of stopping an assault, or minimizing the harm of an assault, by the forces assuming defense in strategic depth for stopping an enemy from conquering territory. Inside the scope of a national protection policy, defense is used to include most military issues.

The Vietcong employed each regular military items and guerrilla models with a purpose to struggle an offensive and defensive strategy.

By way of smaller cell guerrilla forces the Vietcong waged a war on the sources of the American troopers, which included destroying provides and provide routes. In addition they used the People assets when producing booby traps, together with discarded gadgets such as tin cans as well as unexploded bombs which they'd collect and use for mines. These

Eventually the efforts of the smaller Air Defence brought on such an effect that the primary military was in a position to overrun the American forces with a large attack know because the Tet Offensive.

Nowhere is this example more outlined than in the Cold Warfare stand offs of the mid to late twentieth century. One particular instance of that is the Cuban Missile Crisis which concerned the US and the Soviet Union in 1962. The Soviet and Cuban authorities had placed nuclear weapons on Cuba as seen by American reconnaissance planes and, with the stress between the two countries already palpable, a standoff ensued with the 'very actual' risk of a nuclear battle occurring. Happily diplomatic proceedings ensured that the crisis was settled relatively amicably with the dismantling of the weaponry and a no-invasion settlement in place from the American authorities.

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.

But restraining factors were at work. The intellectual circle and the knowledge acquired from past experiences as also the active international diplomacy successfully taught the world community to disarm their Battle Tanks for peace and development. The agreement to network for wealth through friendly trades and to handle conflicts via peaceful dialogues have been recommended emphatically.

Resource is scarce and is 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 toughness of the defence force. The military men take great pride in themselves as the savior 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 concept of exalting the national self esteem. Recent history of military powers have proved the fatality of this Uscma 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.

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.

"But is it ever really possible to rationalize having them... In many ways I think not. It is Catch-22 for sure. If one have them, more will want to have them, since they get afraid of the one nation getting them in the first place. In the end it is only about killing in a big scale..." This is of course true, and I wish it weren't, I wish we lived in a perfect world, but that's not the world we live in, so we must protect ourselves.

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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