“War, to a state, is a matter of life and death, survival or ruin.”
War is a matter of vital importance to the state, and life and death for the army. So, the issue needs to be studied carefully. If a country live in peace and forget to think about dangers in time of peace it put itself at risk. Military preparedness and combat skills needs to be at tip top shape at all times; if not prepared you will lose when dark times come.
Prepare for what might come!