Predicting the future has been notoriously difficult for militaries, not just in the United States but around the world, and not just recently, but throughout history. But General David Perkins, Commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, makes a case in a piece in the latest issue of Army Magazine, published by the Association of the US Army, for trying to gain some vision of what the future might hold. I asked General Perkins in an exclusive interview at the Pentagon this week to explain why he tries to predict the future, even after he writes about how hard it is to get it right. General Perkins also explained why he writes that the Army is now playing chess on the battlefield, not checkers.
Photo: Gen. David Perkins, Commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (right); National Defense Week host Francis Rose. Photo courtesy Dave Foster, U.S. Army Public Affairs.