US’s New Unstoppable War Winning Strategy – Mosaic Warfare
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US’s New Unstoppable War Winning Strategy – Mosaic Warfare

In World War I the world was introduced to
a new warfighting concept: modern combined arms warfare. By closely coordinating the use of artillery
and infantry, both the Allied and Axis armies made effective use of a tactic known as the
‘creeping barrage’, in which artillery would strike just in front of the advancing infantry. As the infantry made its way forward, the
artillery would adjust its fire using pre-planned timetables so as to avoid hitting friendly
forces. The creeping barrage, first pioneered by the
British, was a game changer in many was for the way war was fought. Before this artillery would be massed and
fire on the enemy, killing many but allowing many more to seek cover in battlefield shelters. Once the barrage was over, the enemy would
simply re-emerge and take up old defensive positions. The creeping barrage however ensured that
friendly infantry would be ready the moment the bombardment let up in order to take the
enemy off guard and not give them enough time to get back to their defensive positions. The enemy thus had a hard choice to make-
seek shelter and ignore advancing enemy troops, or fight off advancing troops while in the
midst of an artillery barrage. The strategy of combined arms warfare further
evolved in World War II, though this time it would be the Germans who shocked the world
with their mastery of this concept. The German blitzkrieg was a brilliant and
extremely well coordinated attack involving artillery, infantry, armor, and air power. By working together, all four elements could
achieve far more than any single one could acting alone. The next big revolution in combined arms warfare
would come from the United States as it fought its war in Vietnam. Given the difficult terrain, the US adapted
the use of airmobile infantry, which could be quickly deployed to any battlefield from
nearby fire bases. In larger scale battles, American armor would
make contact with NVA forces while close air support assets and even its brown water navy
gave fire support. Airmobile infantry would then be dispatched
to strike at the enemy’s flank or rear. America’s loss in Vietnam was ultimately not
due to a military defeat, but rather a political one as the will to fight collapsed in South
Vietnam. Militarily, the United States had decimated
both the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong armies, and the Tet Offensive was a last ditch effort
to intimidate the south to quit fighting. Unfortunately, it worked, and with the south
no longer having the will to fight, and domestic support collapsing, the US was forced to return
home. In the First Gulf War in 1991, the United
States showed the world the power of modern combined arms warfare against a powerful adversary. At the time Iraq had one of the largest tank
forces in the world, and a very respectable air force backed up by one of the strongest
air defense networks in the world- courtesy of the Soviet Union. In short, Iraq as no easy nut to crack- yet
by using information warfare, electronic warfare, stealth assets, naval bombardments, and close
air support, the US and its coalition allies dismantled Iraq’s defenses in a matter of
days. After watching how well the branches of the
United States military operated together, the Russian ministry of defense famously stated
that the only way to stop an American military thrust into Russia would be with the use of
nuclear weapons. War however is ever-evolving, and today the
United States faces a serious problem versus it’s projected future rival: China. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and
the end of the Cold War, the United States military began to slack on research and development,
there was after all no major threat to NATO and the democracies of the world anymore. When the Global War on Terror began in response
to the September 11th attacks, the US defense industry continued to shift its focus away
from developing tools to combat modern and near-peer enemies. Now the United States faces a tactical situation
where China is threatening to challenge it in the South Pacific, and the traditional
technological advantages it has long held against any adversary are quickly eroding. One sign of this erosion is the development
of 5th generation aircraft by both Russia and China. While Russia officially mothballed its 5th
gen program by announcing it would not be purchasing the plane in significant numbers,
China has gone ahead with starting production on its J-20 stealth fighter. While the J-20 is widely acknowledged as an
inferior copy of the F-35, which is no surprise as its design is based on stolen F-35 secrets,
it still signals a huge erosion of the traditional advantage held by the United States. The biggest problem with maintaining an untouchable
advantage against an adversary is that traditional weapon systems- also known as monolithic weapon
systems- have an incredibly long development and acquisition process. The F-22 Raptor for example began its development
process before the Cold War had even ended. While the plane was in development, the world
had made five generational leaps in anti-air missile systems, with the latest being Russia’s
S-500 anti-air weapon system which is without a doubt, the best in the world. So Department of Defense military planners
face a sobering reality: monolithic weapon systems take so long to develop and build
that by the time they hit the battlefield, the tools to counter them have advanced by
several generations. An anti-air missile system is after all much
easier to develop than an entire stealth fighter jet. The same goes for ground platforms though-
a new tank is much harder to develop and research than a new anti-tank missile. Another major problem for American military
planners is that all of these new weapon systems typically require long and complex kill chains
in order to be effective. A kill chain is the different assets that
are required in order to locate an enemy, identify it, relay targeting data, and finally
service that target. This is made up of low-observable drones,
satellites, communication relays, and finally combat assets- and any break in this chain
can render an entire weapon system completely ineffective. You can’t hit what you can’t locate or identify
after all. And with defensive weapons typically being
cheaper and faster to develop, complex kill chains are becoming ever more vulnerable to
disruption. Kill chain troubles are affecting no nation
more than China, which relies on a complex chain of assets in order to threaten the US
Navy with its ballistic missile forces. While on paper the thousands of ballistic
missiles China has at its disposal seem like a deadly threat to the US Navy, the truth
is that those missiles require an extremely complex and vulnerable kill chain of assets
to even get close to hitting a moving target at sea. And China has not shown that it has the ability
to protect its vulnerable kill chain from disruption by US forces, which is one reason
that the American Navy respects, but doesn’t fear, China’s ballistic missile forces. With counter-weapon systems and their fast
evolutionary cycles threatening America’s traditional high-tech monolithic weapon systems,
Department of Defense planners knew they needed a new way of waging war. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
was quick to respond to this call to action. DARPA for short is world renowned as the most
advanced military think tank in the world. Their sole purpose is to use the billions
in funding they receive every year to brainstorm how future wars will be fought, and to come
up with new weapons to fight them with. Their latest development is nothing short
of a revolution in warfare, and a way to ensure that the United States maintain its untouchable
fighting edge over any near-peer adversary. Mosaic Warfare as it is known takes its name
from the new nature of warfighting that it enshrines. Modern combined arms warfare can be thought
of as a puzzle, with each system fitting into an exact place and connecting exactly with
its neighboring puzzle pieces. When this method works, it works to stunning
success, but modern weapons threaten to disrupt this perfect puzzle from being put together
effectively. Mosaic warfare on the other hand makes use
of weapon systems that don’t have a set place in a puzzle, and can thus be cobbled together
into any formation needed by warfighters on the ground. Mosaic warfare is adaptable, and instead of
creating a kill chain of systems to destroy enemy targets, it creates a kill web of different
systems that has built in redundancy. Eliminate one strand of the web and the rest
can still ensure that the enemy will get serviced properly. Mosaic warfare however relies on three new
developments currently being tested in war games by the United States. The first of these is advanced military AIs
that can help a commander on the ground sort through the realms of incoming data from various
other battlefield sources. In one wargame the commanders of friendly
forces were unable to exploit a massive technological advantage against the enemy because they simply
couldn’t make sense of all the data being fed to them by various unmanned weapon and
recon systems deployed on the battlefield. This resulted in friendly forces resorting
to conventional tactics which cost a large number of lives to achieve the same victory
that could have been achieved faster, and with less lives lost, if they had been able
to capitalize on all that battlefield intel. Military AIs are now being developed to sort
through incoming data, prioritize important data, and even make recommendations to commanders
on the next course of action to take. The second development currently being field
tested by the US military is advanced autonomous logistical systems. In essence, these are things such as battlefield
3d-printing units which can be pre-positioned via airdrop or brought along by friendly forces. The 3d-printers can then create unmanned combat
drones on the spot, or 3d-print explosives for use against enemy targets. This would allow friendly forces to adapt
to any combat environment, and open up a host of tactical possibilities that would normally
not be available. Rather than deploy with a set weapon package
and perhaps one or two alternatives to service a target, an American combat unit could be
deployed with a mobile 3d-printing station, or simply meet up with one pre-deployed via
aircraft, and use it to develop entirely new weapon packages on the fly. The third development required for mosaic
warfare is the integration of electronic warfare personnel into rank and file combat units. In a signal-rich combat environment knowing
how to protect your electronic emissions is just as important as knowing how to disrupt
those of your enemy. In DARPA wargame scenarios, units without
skilled electronic warfare personnel fared much worse in combat encounters than those
with. So what does this all actually mean? What would Mosaic warfare look like versus
traditional combined arms warfare? Well, luckily DARPA provided a ready-made
example using a realistic and very possible future combat scenario. It’s sometime in the mid 2020s, and tensions
in the South China Sea have reached boiling point. War between the US and China has finally broken
out, and right now a platoon of American marines are on their way to eliminate a Chinese radar
installation located on a small South China Sea island. The Marines hit the beach and link up with
a mission payload delivered just minutes before by an unmanned drone. The payload consists of a battlefield 3d-printing
station and raw materials needed to quickly print out anything from explosives to combat
drones. As the grunts set up the printer, the commander
checks in with his battlefield computer assistant, which sorts though the latest intelligence
on the enemy target and helps weed out enemy decoys. The assistant recommends several plans of
attack on the enemy installation, and the commander opts for the use of several scout
drones to find and fix enemy positions, electronic warfare drones to silence enemy communications
and stop them calling for reinforcement, and finally explosive suicide drones to strike
enemy positions and clear the way to the target. Traditionally, the Marines would have to conduct
their own recon, and advance on the target based on intelligence that could be anywhere
from a few hours to several days or more old. This would limit their avenue of attack against
the target to a single direction, though the unit could be split up into smaller teams
to strike from different directions- albeit risking that the smaller units will be destroyed
by superior enemy firepower. Once making contact with the enemy, close
air support assets would have to be called in to deliver fire support, which would expose
friendly pilots to enemy air defenses and give up the element of surprise altogether. Then a protracted firefight would be required
to destroy the enemy defending the installation, and that’s if the enemy wasn’t packing any
surprises that the Marines weren’t expecting and perhaps not equipped to handle. Today though, the Marines are able to 3d-print
several drones to augment their own forces. The scout drones immediately set off through
the treetops and circle the island, advancing on the enemy simultaneously from different
angles. Upon successfully fixing the enemy’s location,
electronic warfare drones then zip to enemy command and control nodes and begin to jam
them, opening up for an attack by the explosive suicide drones which eliminate enemy fortified
positions and armored vehicles. The Marines then advance on the target to
finish the fight and destroy the enemy installation. At its core, Mosaic Warfare is all about giving
the battlefield commander more options with which to engage a target, and eliminating
the risk posed by traditional weapon systems which more and more readily can be easily
hard-countered. Mosaic warfare aims to make American troops
more versatile, more adaptable, and thus fight battles on their own terms, forcing the enemy
to fight on its backfoot. In an age where traditional weapon systems
no longer provide the technological superiority they once did, mosaic warfare aims to restore
America’s warfighting dominance by shifting to low-cost adaptable technologies that the
enemy will never see coming. Do you think mosaic warfare is a better way
to fight than using traditional monolithic weapon systems? Is this how the wars of tomorrow will be fought? Let us know in the comments! And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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100 thoughts on “US’s New Unstoppable War Winning Strategy – Mosaic Warfare

  1. With the United States slacking on research and development of weaponry and technology to compete with professional armies, it's left us at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to an economic powerhouse like China. It's a shame there isn't some sort of bio-weap*COUGHS* horrible virus that could appear out of nowhere and bring the entire nation to its knees in just a month or two…

  2. Japan will invent a real robocop and install an old brain from a WWII soldier that will fight for the Emperor thinking every battle is Iwo Jima.

  3. Terrible creeping barrage animation
    EDIT: And generally inaccurate animations for everything else
    EDIT2: I mean srsly… for a name such as "The Infographics Show" the graphics don't really convey any information.

  4. When I was in the Navy we had to help the EWs (electronic warfare specialists) do an exercise. It was pretty cool. They would tell us a frequency and ask us what the wavelength looked like then they would work their magic we'd do a back to back tell them it was clear, rinse repeat. I don't know what they did but they did it quick lol.

  5. 3D printing is overhyped. Has been for a while now. You simply do not understand that the process of modern manufacturing cannot be replace by a mere 3D printing nozzle that heat stuff up. You will also have to wait for the printed gun to cool which takes at least half a day and you most definitely cant print explosive from rocks and trees lol. So those 3D printing will have to come with its own stockpile of explosive which is basically still a package of explosives but now WITH an extra load of the machine itself = lower explosive yield per transport.

  6. The USA never won a war, they invaded countries just to brag about it and then payed the price with their own innocent soldiers blood.

  7. The Axis Powers were the enemies of WWII not WWI, the enemies of WWI were known as the Central Powers, as they were made up of the militaries of Central Europe

  8. You: Lets be adaptive, lets use drones.

    Your enemy: I put jammer around my air defense network assets, connected the assets through landlines.


    Human intelligence will be always required.

  9. Are you aware of how many innocent people have died, just BECAUSE those companies are prompting wars to get your tax money? The US didn’t have any real reason to start any of the wars it did since ww2.
    But besides that.. how do you imagine military equipment being 3D printed as needed on the spot? Its not that you could just 3d print a whole drone in a view minutes.. it would take days.. and that’s for printing the parts.. you would still have to assemble it manually and install all the electronics..And 3d print explosives??? 3d printers work by melting stuff with heat.. while explosives usually explode by getting in contact with heat…so how do you imagine this could work without blowing yourself up? Besides.. if you already got the explosive material to “build” explosives.. you can just use it by adding something that generates a spark triggered by remote control or a timer.

  10. Iraq's military wasn't a joke?
    Clearly propaganda, even Canada could've beaten Iraq.
    Stop calling profit campaigns against weak countries "war", the US hasn't been to war since WW2.

  11. Yeah we know, China copies everything. Except that their copies are garbage, and they obviously cant even keep biological weapons from escaping their labs. Essentially China is Communist, and basically their own worst enemy.

  12. Not be surprised if someone in the future would use unconventional assets just to take down most nations just because of their hubris…

  13. Pvt.Tommy: They have a tank!
    Armorer: Wait a bit, we have a 3D-printer…

    It sounds like a great idea, but it is not, IMHO. It is like a space shuttle vs an ordinary rocket: it has ridiculously big dead load and only a tiny payload. Besides, it takes time to print things. So you can instead take with you several modular drones and a pair of modular rocket launches, etc. It theoretically allows parts of that mosaic to be independent and adaptable.

  14. Well we did just upgrade our military budget to a trillion dollars so I would assume we have some research and development.

  15. The creeping barrage is actually a Bulgarian military strategy used before ww1 but never took off because of the amount of planning it required to work properly

  16. I would like to mention how inaccurate this is considering that China just launched the bio-weapon on themselves proving American superiority

  17. And then China unleashes their secret weapon…… swarms of billions of parasitic mini-bots that were released into the air over American military bases weeks prior, which entered through the nose and laid dormant inside the sinus cavity until they were given the signal to attack, ultimately boring through the cells of the brain like an immersion blender.

  18. None of this would work on beings of higher dimensional value though, the whole plan will be see-through and you'll get got before you know you'd been got.

  19. There isn't an existent military force on the planet that's actually ready to go to war with evil aliens bruh. 90+% Of this world's populace is doomed. Not to mention they see everything people do, they've been around since long before humans even existed.

  20. Mosaic warfare: Slaughter every man, woman, and child. Do not let even the animals live. They shall know I am the LORD.

    Oh, you mean, THIS kind of Mosaic warfare.

  21. just know j-20 can be detected by regular radars its no 5th gen and its definitely not a 6th gen like they claim but a 4++

  22. 3-D printers are far from military capability. It takes several hours to print just a few cube inches of material. A drone which is larger, has electronics, sensors, motors, etc. couldn't be printed with today's technology. Not to mention the 3D printer is extra weight, and the material is weight being carrier around for something that might not be used at all.

  23. I love how The Infographics Show is now US propaganda…but we Americans have a different word for it:


    aka The Truth

  24. -We have found new perpect secret plan blackadder.
    -Could it be climbing our trench and slowly walking the enemy sir?
    -How could you now that its a secret plan!
    -no sir We are doing the samething last 17 plan.
    -exactly and because of it enemy will be not expecting this.But there is a problem…
    -i now sir evereybody gets killed in first five minute!!!

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