“With the spectrum of conflict and the challenge sets spanning down into the gray zone, what you see is the need to be looking at a far broader set of indicators, weaving that together and then understanding the threat interaction,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said last week.
The military’s new software will purportedly analyze such indicators to determine what effect various arms sales, U.S.-backed military activity, and congressional visits might provoke actions from the Chinese regime.
By analyzing what response from the CCP these actions might receive, it is hoped that the military and its civilian leadership will be able to prevent circumstances that might anger the regime and reduce tensions between the United States and the Chinese regime.
It is also unclear if the software can predict CCP diplomatic and military reactions near or better than United States’ human diplomats and commanders can.
The announcement came during a week of mixed signals concerning U.S.-China policy and the potential for military conflict between the two nations, with the CCP continuing to push remarks on its visions to "reunify" Taiwan.
The MMCA was chartered back in 1998 with the goal of strengthening military maritime safety and improving understanding between the forces when following international laws and norms.
Major General Christopher McPhillips, the lead officer for the U.S. MMCA delegation, said that the forum provided “a guardrail for military encounters” and “straightforward conversation” between American and Chinese forces.
Conversely, even as McPhillips was meeting with his Chinese counterpart, other U.S. forces were conducting joint military exercises with Japan, which has been increasingly vocal about its willingness to defend itself and Taiwan from Chinese communist aggression.