Years ago, China had no military budget to speak of, the Soviet Union’s economy was collapsing and North Korea had trouble making a regular bomb let alone a nuclear one; it was during this time that the USA’s defense spending created a wide gap in our countries military technologies with those of the rest of the world. This trend continued for years but that started to change again about 20 years ago as the countries like China, North Korea and Russia are gaining on us again. Even though there is still a gap in sophisticated technology, our potential adversaries may have found a way to bridge that remaining gap also.
In China’s recent military day parade, they unveiled some new weapons that the world has not seen before; among those were new artillery that could shoot further than any that has been produced before it and a so called ‘anti-carrier’ high speed missile. Russia, at their annual May Day parade, introduced their first new main battle tank that they have produced in many years and experts believe it is a big step up in technology and can challenge any tank from the west- something that was badly needed after Russian-made military equipment had a poor showing in the two Gulf Wars.
In addition, China has claimed that it now has its first ballistic missile warhead that carries multiple nuclear missiles (MIRV) and North Korea continues to advance its missile technology and nuclear program. There have also been worries over the years that countries such as China have bought military secrets or hacked into computers and simply stolen them. Some of the newer Chinese aircraft look amazingly similar to those found in the US aircraft inventory.
Despite the technology gap closing, that may not be the biggest worry for American commanders as recent events in the Korean Peninsula showed. With tensions running high in the Korean Peninsula at times last August, the North Koreans undertook and interesting move that had probably been planned for some time to send a message to South Korea and the USA. The North Koreans deployed some 50 submarines (roughly 70% of their entire submarine fleet) from naval bases around North Korea all at once in what is a possible forerunner to what is known as a saturation attack.
A saturation attack is when a country that is at a technological disadvantage tries to overwhelm its adversary’s superior technology by means of deploying sheer numbers of military equipment and hardware. In the case of the North Koreans, it apparently worked as the South Korean military admitted that they were unable to track so many submarines at once. That is troubling news as the US and Japan fear that a North Korean submarine may slip through the cracks in their defense and attack one of their ships.
Experts also believe that China has contingency plans in the region to overcome their technological disadvantages as well by overwhelming American and Japanese defenses with a large number of aircraft and missiles. It is definitely an issue that US Military Commanders will be taking a strong look at over the coming months.
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