Friday, March 20, 2020

Prepared For Almost Everything..........Almost

Unified Quest 2014 was an Army wargame which examined an operational environment from 2030 to 2040. Some scenarios included insurgencies, corruption in failing states, and flooding and natural disasters in mega-cities. The Unified Quest 2013 wargame simulated a failed North Korean Nuclear state. In this game, North Korea lost control of its nuclear technology and warheads. It took nearly 56 days and 90,000 U.S. troops to contain North Korea's nuclear stockpiles.

Other Rand Corporation wargames have played a future war between the U.S. (blue team) and Russia/China (red team). This 2019 wargame involved conventional and cyber warfare. The United States seems to be worried about nations such as Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea. Various wargames and preparations can be discussed regarding these potential conflicts. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the U.S. and the world was not prepared for a war with a virus. Bill Gates warned us in 2015.

Bill Gates stated the world needed to invest more in medication, vaccinations, medical testing, and preparations. Evidently, the U.S. did not listen and proceeded to cut funding to virus-fighting agencies. Gates pointed out the U.S. has spent large sums of money on nuclear deterrence, but has lacked funding in healthcare and pandemic prevention. 

Training for war and crisis can help prepare for medical pandemics. the U.S. military and NATO has well-trained service-members who have the capabilities to operate in multiple crisis situations. In the long run, the world would save lots of lives and money by initially preparing and investing in pandemic preparations. 

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