An Air Force general sent a memo on Friday predicting the United States would be at war with China in two years.
“I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025,” said General Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command.
NBC News obtained the memo sent by Minihan predicting the war with China.
The four-star general told his troops to get ready for the potential conflict.
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Per NBC News:
Minihan said in the memo that because both Taiwan and the U.S. will have presidential elections in 2024, the U.S. will be “distracted,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have an opportunity to move on Taiwan.
He lays out his goals for preparing, including building “a fortified, ready, integrated, and agile Joint Force Maneuver Team ready to fight and win inside the first island chain.”
The signed memo is addressed to all air wing commanders in Air Mobility Command and other Air Force operational commanders, and orders them to report all major efforts to prepare for the China fight to Minihan by Feb. 28.
During the month of February, he directs all AMC personnel to “fire a clip into a 7-meter target with the full understanding that unrepentant lethality matters most. Aim for the head.” He also orders all personnel to update their records and emergency contacts.
Fox News added:
He also said all personnel should ensure their records and emergency contact information are up-to-date and 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.”
The general reportedly urged his fighting forces to “run deliberately, not recklessly,” but said they need to accept some risk in training.
“If you are comfortable in your approach to training, then you are not taking enough risk,” he added.
However, a defense department official told NBC News and Fox News Digital that Minihan’s comments are “not representative of the department’s view on China.”
Department of Defense press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in a statement:
“The National Defense Strategy makes clear that China is the pacing challenge for the Department of Defense and our focus remains on working alongside allies and partners to preserve a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Although DoD officials have stated Taiwan is clearly one of China’s ambitions, they don’t believe a Chinese invasion will occur anytime soon.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters that he ‘seriously doubts’ an invasion of Taiwan is ‘imminent.’
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