“‘I would bet on an American soldier, sailor, airmen, Marine with combat experience any day over a Russian or Chinese counterpart,’ said Michèle Flournoy, a former senior Pentagon official under President Barack Obama. ‘But this is going to be a different kind of warfare.’

“’It’s been a long time since we fought without domain supremacy from the early moments of conflict,’ she said at the think tank event. ‘We have never fought with constant cyber harassment, losing comms, connectivity, the ability to plug into the network, constant attacks in space.’

“There won’t be time to slowly mass forces before surging into a conflict, either. The trick will be to, very early on, overwhelm an opponent nation, ‘imposing costs so quickly that they choose an off-ramp and they choose not to escalate further,’ Flournoy said.”

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