A top U.S. Air Force official sent a stunning confession to his subordinates this week that warns of a looming war with China that he believes will manifest in the next couple years.
General Mike Minihan — a four-star officer — fired off an internal memo Friday to the rank and file that reports to him within the Air Mobility Command … a unit that encompasses roughly 50,000 service members and oversees 500 planes for transport/refueling purposes.
U.S. general predicts war with China in 2025, tells officers to get ready: “I hope I am wrong.” https://t.co/y7UsmKLpW6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 28, 2023
While AMC doesn’t sound like a combat-ready entity, Minihan reportedly told his guys to prepare for battle … this according to NBC News, which says it obtained a copy of his note.
According to the outlet, Gen. Minihan writes … “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025,” while going on to describe what he says he believes China will do during the 2024 general election cycle — namely, use that volatility here in the States to move on Taiwan.
In the event this comes to pass, Minihan reportedly laid out a very detailed defense and attack plan … which includes building up a “Joint Force Maneuver Team” that can mobilize quickly to “fight and win inside the first island chain.” He’s ordering all airwing commanders and AF operational commanders to report on their progress for this by the end of February.
There’s more … Minihan reportedly has goals in mind for February and March, which entail his boys firing clips at 7-meter targets — while noting, “unrepentant lethality matters most. Aim for the head.” In March, he wants the AMC team to “consider their personal affairs and whether a visit should be scheduled with their servicing base legal office to ensure they are legally ready and prepared.” Also, he tells them to update their emergency contacts.
In addition to this, Minihan’s memo talks of risk/reward in training … reportedly saying, “Run deliberately, not recklessly,” and later adding, “If you are comfortable in your approach to training, then you are not taking enough risk.” NBC News also says he discusses the possible use of commercial drone swarms as a tactic the U.S. might use against China.
In other words, this guy is rounding up the cavalry in very real terms … not hypotheticals. And yet, a DoD rep went on record to say Minihan’s concerns don’t reflect the department’s view on China … distancing themselves from what sounds like legit wartime preparations.
Here’s hoping Minihan is just an over-prepare-er … and that this is just covering his bases. 😬