US Army chiefs fear that Russia, China or climate change could result in global instability with a war between two powerful countries being “almost guaranteed”.
With high tensions over Syria and increasing terrorist attacks the threat of war is never far away.
US military bosses have revealed how they think a war between the world’s most powerful countries would look.
They say that the threat from Russia as well as the growing military strength of China along with climate change could all be factors which lead America into a third world war.
Any future conflict would be “extremely lethal and fast”.
Countries will increasingly rely on technology, making use of smart weapons and artificial intelligence.
The outcome was predicted by Maj. Gen. William Hix at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington.
“A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast, and we will not own the stopwatch. The speed of events are likely to strain our human abilities.” – Maj. Gen. William Hix to Defence One
He said China and Russia are building massive armies that rely increasingly on technology.
He also admitted this is forcing military chiefs to prepare for “violence on the scale that the US Army has not seen since Korea”.
Army Chief of Staff Gen Mark A Milley said that a war between nation states “is almost guaranteed” in the future.
He claims army strategists must be prepared for any cyber warfare and fight in urban areas.
It all comes after reports this week that Russia has started preparing its citizens for a ‘nuclear war’ with the West after mounting tensions over Syria.
The country’s media and officials have claimed the West wants to launch an attack on Russia because of its intervention in Syria.
Russia has warned at the weekend that the US would face “terrible, tectonic” consequences if it took any military action against the Syrian regime.
Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world with 8,400 warheads where there are 7,500 in America.