posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 11:32 PM
I have to agree with byteshertz, it's precisely because of the power of the weapons possessed by the modern military that WW3 won't be an overt war
of clashing armies but something more subtle. With the ever present possibility of nuclear escalation, a war between 2 or more major powers has a
high likelihood of ending with a M.A.D. scenario. In addition, due to the massive expenses of weapons, massed armies won't be seen, it would be
smaller armies of soldiers armed with advanced weapons striking at high value targets, no urban terror bombing, or fighting over valueless ground.
Armies aren't even set up for massed battles anymore, right now the largest truly usable unit is a division.
Another reason why it won't happen anytime soon if at all is this, who can challenge the U.S. in a conventional war? Our military spending is equal
to the next 12 largest combined. China won't even be a threat for around another decade.
Occupation is also very difficult to pull off in a modern situation ( It was in ww2 as well but the problems have increased.) Look how many soldiers
it takes to hold down a country like Afghanistan. Think what could happen today, if I was the leader of a country and I knew I was about to be
invaded, I would distribute all available weapons to the people, even without training a large, armed, and unfriendly populace would tie down massive
amounts of troops.
Well placed air strikes, even a small number can completely incapacitate a country, two sets of targets, power plants and oil refineries, without
these how can a war effort be maintained. Once these are gone hit bridges and communication centers and the nation is paralyzed. Tanks can't move
without fuel and weapons production can't be handled on a large scale without power.
Albert Speer, in his memoirs talks some about how Germany's production was almost damaged more by 17 planes than with thousands. The dams and
powerplants supplying the Ruhr region were hit, had more damage been done production would've halted for months were follow up strikes to be launched
it'd be even longer. He also mentions that only a few facilities need to be hit to damage all of them, ie the ball bearing factories, ball bearings
were used in most everything, without these production would have halted on many items.
So with the U.S. air and naval power being what they are, it's quite within reason to say that we could crush our enemies war production quickly,
without weapons or supplies, forces would quickly fold.
If there were to be a WW3, it wouldn't be overt, if it were it would simply end with destruction of all parties profiting no one.