War with “peer competitors”

From Wired’s Danger Room: Air Force Purge Stemmed From Future War Fights

[Defense Secretary Robert] Gates expressed doubts that the United States will get into a shooting war with a “peer competitor” like Russia or China any time soon. After he was fired, the outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. “Buzz” Moseley, echoed those sentiments. Not [recently ousted Air Force Secretary Michael] Wynne.

My response to Secretary Gates in that interchange was my brother was shot down in Vietnam by a Russian surface-to-air missile that was sold to the North Vietnamese,” Wynne said. “I never considered Vietnam to be a peer competitor. But I lost my brother to the fact that some peer sold the weapon that killed him.”

Hat tip to Ares’s Frago.

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