Future Combat Systems: Anatomy of a Folly

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Essay #: 053598
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Future Combat Systems: Anatomy of a Folly
The U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) is ironically named, because it is reminiscent of a past combat system: namely that of the German Wehrmacht of World War Two vintage. FCS is the ultimate expression of maneuver warfare, with its co-ordination of manned and unmanned vehicles echoing the way in which the Wehrmacht coordinated men, armor, and artillery in lightning strikes. In fact, the Wehrmacht’s approach to maneuver warfare was not necessarily revolutionary; it was itself an echo of techniques employed from Gaugamela to Jena, with the difference being the coordination of motorized technology with infantry tactics. In this sense, FCS is blitzkrieg plus automated vehicles.
However, FCS does...
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.....pprove advanced warfare contracts later become CEOs of weapons companies and otherwise profit from their participation in the system. Thus, one can scarcely ascribe the folly of the FSC to incompetence. It can be better illuminated by Sinclair’s (1934) observation that “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” (p. 109).
The paradigm of FCS should be abandoned thoroughly. There is nothing in it to salvage, and it is in fact a dangerous distraction from the way in which war has actually been conducted for the past fifty years, from Burma to Tikrit.
References
Sinclair, Upton (1934). I, candidate for governor: and how I got licked. Berkeley, CA:
University of California Press.