To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That Is the QuestionPosted: January 29, 2017
US military is certainly not in such poor conditions as Hamlet who is troubled by the question of “to be or not to be”, but is also troubled by a question: To disclose or not to disclose the details of its new advanced weapons?
Disclose may scare its potential enemies, but neither China nor Russia has ever been scared. Russia invaded Ukraine and China built artificial islands knowing well that the US will oppose such moves.
The most serious problem is that China has soon been able to develop weapons with functions and performance similar to or even better than what US military has disclosed.
According to China’s gifted strategist Sun Tzu, one will not be in danger in a war if one knows both itself and its enemy; if one only knows itself or its enemy, one has only a half chance to win; but if one knows neither itself nor its enemy, one will lose each and every war.
Even if China is not able to develop weapons similar to US ones, China has more than half chance to win as it knows itself and has some vital information about US advanced weapons.
Therefore, the answer to the troubling question shall be no disclosing of US advanced weapons.
Still US military has to disclose. How can it get funds from Congress and support from media and public opinion for their huge spending in developing such weapons if it does not disclose?
To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question that constantly troubles US military!
Article by Chan Kai Yee