Presume it’s GW1 US forces against GW2 US forces, either in equal numbers or as they were at the start of the war. No nukes, no other armed forces. They meet in whatever terrain you think is most suitable or interesting.
Footage from both Gulf Wars reminded me of the Predator stalking soldiers and semi-casually taking them out one at a time. When a US Abrams or Bradley can its NVG and IR to see an enemy tanks 4km away at night while the enemy has no idea they’re there until its tanks start blowing up or that aircraft launch missiles at targets which will never hear anything, it can look like a turkey shoot. It’s reminiscent of late 18th century colonial wars in Africa where European troops usually had at least 10-to-1 and sometimes 100-to-1 casualty ratios. Yet when those same European troops met similarly equipped troops during the Boer War, the Russo-Japanese war and later WWI, we saw that warfare had changed in a major way.
So, I’m wondering now about GW1 US forces vs GW2 US forces but also vs US forces today.
More generally: What’s warfare going to be like when both sides have infantry that can rely on NVG/IR vision and optronics like the TrackPoint scope that integrate sensors with ballistic computers, cued display and fire control? What if they both have special forces or drones doing long-range reconnaissance patrols with guided missiles and laser designators? What if both sides have cruise missiles in sufficient quantity and quality?
In your answers, please take it easy on laser weapons and railguns. They’ve been just on the cusp of being ready for real for as long as cold fusion and flying cars. Also, presume there is a supply of munitions which is sufficient for non-stupid uses for the duration for the war.