Army Chief: Technology Doesn’t Solve All Military Challenges

Posted October 24, 2013 at 10:05am

U.S. News & World Report writes a subhead: “Tools of modern warfare are no alternative to putting boots on the ground” and quotes Army Chief of Staff at the annual Army expo in Washington, D.C.: “There’s a thought process out there that technology can solve our problems, it’s a clean way to conduct war. I understand what people like about this. You use technology, you don’t have casualties, you don’t have injuries, you don’t have people dying as much.”

The piece continues: “Odierno, who spent much of his career as an artillery officer, criticizes the thought process that ‘if we stand off and we throw precision missiles and rockets, that will cause the enemy to capitulate and solve all of our problems.'”

“‘That’s not a solution,’ he said. ‘It’s about influencing, it’s about compelling, and it takes personal interaction. In some cases it take people on the ground in order to be able to do that.'”