US to Give UK Troops Access to Its Military ‘Combat Cloud’ to Oppose China

The Pentagon’s security network for classified documents became a source of a major leak in 2010, when an Army analyst, Chelsea Manning, transferred thousands of logs and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. The documents were subsequently distributed on the Internet.

The US Department of Defence (DoD) is mulling giving access to its “combat cloud” to UK military members to boost the interoperability of allied forces in a scenario involving a confrontation with China, according to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hyten.

Recent war games simulating a US response to an attack on Taiwan by China, were reportedly a the trigger for the change, as the American forces in the drills lost “miserably” and simulated trials showed that the US military could not effectively work with one of its greatest military assets: its own allies.

Although the Pentagon did not declassify all of the information regarding the outcome of the recent war games, Hyten said that a key problem was that the “red team” knocked out the US military’s information systems at the onset of the hypothetical conflict. These essential systems are used to relay data and intelligence between US forces and units. The latter ended up amassed in one spot, becoming easy prey to a fictional Chinese military offensive.

The Pentagon is now overhauling its entire concept of waging war against modern enemies – purportedly in the event of a war with China. US forces will…

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