December 2, 2020
By Jim Garamone , DOD News
The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.
Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan. Iran was an Islamic Republic and had taken American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in 1979. There were terror attacks inside Saudi Arabia, and China