As Lloyd Austin noted, “technology is changing the very nature of war.”
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin believes that the US faces threats of terrorism, the use of cyber weapons, and internal division. This opinion was expressed by the head of the Pentagon on Saturday, speaking at the graduation ceremony of the US Military Academy in West Point (New York).
Austin noted that this year’s graduates do not remember that the United States was not involved in the war. “You graduate in a changing country and in a changing world where many of the old ways of doing things are no longer relevant,” Austin said. “You are watching the end of the longest war for the United States.” On April 14, US President Joe Biden announced that he had decided to end the operation in Afghanistan, which became the longest foreign military campaign in American history.
The head of the Pentagon stressed that the United States faces some threats, “starting with a pandemic and ending with terrorism and cyber weapons.” “You are witnessing the fact that technology is changing the very nature of war,” said the head of the US Defense Department, who completed his training at the academy in West Point in 1975. “You are seeing division in your homeland, which is facing the severe consequences of the pandemic,” Austin continued, also emphasizing that US competitors seek “prosperity due to the encroachment on the freedom” of Americans. West Point Academy was founded in 1802 in the state of New York. Training in it is paid from the budget of the Army in exchange for the obligation of cadets to enroll at the end of four years of training for active military service. Every year, about 900 army officers are graduated from the academy, receiving the rank of second lieutenant. According to the code of honor, a West Point cadet “will never lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate it from others.”