JCS Chairman Mark Milley wants to deepen the level of military-military communications between the US and Russia.
Army General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US and Russian militaries need to expand and deepen their communication and stressed that dialogue between the two adversaries could help de-escalate a future crisis.
Milley went on, paraphrased by The Wall Street Journal:
[A]dding to existing communication channels already in effect would help each side understand the other’s plans and moves.
He wants the same with the People’s Republic of China, also.
The problem with this tension-defusion concept is that it depends on the participants, in particular our DoD’s Russian and PRC counterparts, being truthful with each other. Why, though, should we believe that a military buildup opposite the Balkans or the Republic of China, is just a training exercise, just because the relevant Russian or PRC generals say so? Or why should they believe that about us?
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer really only works if the enemies aren’t armed to the teeth.