Americans tend to mirror-image the Chinese in a belief that they are like us… which is not the case. Conversely, the Chinese have studied us, our strengths & weaknesses, and our systems so they can use that knowledge to take advantage of us. They like to portray an image of incompetence, while secretly believing they are far superior.
They are always looking for a series of small victories towards a long-term strategy that will return them to their rightful place as world leader. Instead of competing against our strengths, they nibble around the edges as Mao did in the insurgent campaign. Eventually, the small victories will give them the upper hand in order to win the big victory.
We must be extremely vigilant during this health crisis. We cannot expect our adversaries who use terrorist tactics to “play fair” just because there is a world health crisis. Conversely, this is a time we should expect them to look for an advantage. While the military has great capability to help the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic, we should not allow our guard to drop. That is what our adversaries are hoping for at this time.
We should expect the military to be the role models for how to adapt to these extraordinary times. Commanders are charged with the readiness of their units, but also with health, morale, and welfare of all of their people 24/7. Military members are never really “off-duty” and commanders are responsible for the care of their troops even after work hours.
In preparing for the future, our country must fully engage in establishing the ultimate high ground… Space. As a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the Air War College, Caine sees the creation of the Space Force as necessary to confronting threats like China, Russia, and other global competitors.