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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2020 8:02 p.m. PST

"How would the United States respond if China or another adversary launched a missile against a vital communications satellite? Is that a clear red line that would result in an immediate military response? And what happens if the U.S. military does or doesn't react?

In the past, military leaders have been better prepared to answer such tough questions than they are now. Consider that during the period between the world wars, the U.S. Navy alone conducted more than 300 wargames focused on future campaigns and tactics in addition to theater-level strategies. The Navy recognized that wargames could skewer erroneous assumptions and complacencies long before the heat of battle, and this effort very likely saved lives. Famously, Admiral Chester Nimitz claimed in the aftermath of World War II that Naval War College wargaming conducted to inform Allied planning ensured that "nothing that happened during the war was a surprise … except the kamikaze tactics."…"
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Sargonarhes19 Nov 2020 6:31 p.m. PST

The thing is the kamikaze attacks were found to not be as effective as was thought, even the Japanese eventually figured this out. Though there were still a lot of them willing to throw themselves at the enemy like that.

How the US would respond to China taking out a communication satellite is a question that comes as a double edge blade, because it likely depends on who's in charge. And I don't want to go there in that answer.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 2:16 p.m. PST



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