US offers British soldiers ‘combat cloud’ access if war breaks out with China in the future

US offers British soldiers ‘combat cloud’ access if future war with China breaks out after bleak war games shown

  • The Pentagon aims to complete a review of its warfare strategy by 2030
  • Part of the plan is to share information with the UK during conflict
  • The change comes after a recent simulation in which the US lost to China
  • During the war game, the US lost access to its information systems early on
  • Other plans to modernize include a hacker-resistant ‘combat cloud’

The Pentagon plans to share more information with the UK as part of a review of how it wages war after a crushing loss in a war game.

The simulation involved a hypothetical battle with China over Taiwan. Early in the game, the US lost access to its information systems.

By 2030, soldiers from allied countries will soon be able to use biometrics, such as fingerprints, to access US information during a conflict.

“Well, what happens if that information isn’t available from the start? And that’s the big problem we faced,” Joint Chiefs Vice-Chairman General John Hyten said of the simulation on Monday.

The US failed miserably in a war game over Taiwan, cementing the Pentagon’s need to modernize. Above, US soldiers during a military operation

“Without exaggerating the issue, it failed miserably.”

“An aggressive red team that has been studying the United States for the past 20 years just circled us. They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it.’

As a result of the game, which involved hundreds of high-ranking military personnel, the US will change its guiding principles, the Telegraph reported.

“We basically tried to create an information-dominance structure, where information was ubiquitous to our forces,” Hyten said Monday at the launch of the Emerging Technologies Institute. Defense One.

By 2030, Allied soldiers must have access to US military information during conflicts using biometrics.  Above the building of the Ministry of Defense in London

By 2030, Allied soldiers must have access to US military information during conflicts using biometrics. Above the building of the Ministry of Defense in London

“Just as it was in the first Gulf War, just as it has been for the past 20 years, just as everyone in the world, including China and Russia, has seen us do for the past 30 years.”

But the old tactics were not enough.

The Pentagon expects to complete the overhaul, called Expanded Maneuver, by 2030.

Hyten released four guidelines to the armed forces earlier this month, including plans to use missiles to get cargo to and from battlefields, using “virtual aggregation” of mass fires to operate from multiple different places, and having all the information in a hacker-resistant ‘combat cloud’.

“We always gather to fight and gather to survive. But in today’s world, with hypersonic missiles, with significant long-range fires coming at us from all domains, when you’re together and everyone knows where you are, you’re vulnerable,” Hyten said.

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