IS THE US MILITARY READY FOR WAR?

U.S. Marine Corps military police officers with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct live-fire drills showcasing the principles of the Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Program in Djibouti Nov. 7, 2013. The program taught the fundamentals of movement to contact by utilizing repetitive drills. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Orr, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

As the Russian accelerate their attacks on civilians in Ukraine and China prepares a new Defense plan to increase pressure on Taiwan, the question that this Administration and Congress should be asking is whether the U.S. military is ready for high-intensity conventional combat and to deter potential aggression in the Western Pacific. Instead, like too many Democratic Administrations, it is treating the military like a social engineering chew toy and spending energy on pronoun training and DEI indoctrination.

This is the background for a disturbing new report by the Heritage Foundation that paints a grim pictures of the readiness of the US military to fight a “two-war” scenario. More importantly, it shows that the U.S. military is still focusing on both conventional combat and counter-terrorism, which require very different spending, training, and doctrine priorities.

The report uses a pretty standard set of evaluation criteria to look at the capacity, capability, and readiness of the different armed services.

Not surprisingly the Navy and Air Force get low ratings. Ships and planes are very expensive to buy, maintain, and operate and the U.S. military has basically been on a wartime operations tempo for almost two decades. The constant neglect to fully fund ship maintenance has caused the Navy to decide to decommission 24 ships while only adding 9 more in the FY23 budget. This makes it highly unlikely, given the long lead time it takes to build ships, that the Navy will every reach its stated goal of 355 ships, still far too few to engage and win any prolonged naval combat with a rapidly growing Chinese Navy.

The Air Force is in even worse shape. Aging fighter planes and the slow replacement by new fifth-generation aircraft means that America can no longer assume air dominance in the Western Pacific and the increasing capability of the Chinese Air Force is not only concerning to the U.S. but our regional allies as well.

In addition the types of precision munitions that would be needed in a Taiwan showdown are expensive and take years to stockpile. There has been little discussion about how much the billions in aid given to Ukraine has depleted American military stocks or how long it will take to replenish them. This is a key question Republicans in Congress should be holding hearing on and they are not.

The report is equally critical of the U.S. Army and its readiness, but the reality is that a war with China will be almost exclusively an air and naval war and it will be a “come as you are” war with no chance to replenish or replace lost ships or aircraft. Even if America and Taiwan were to prevail, the loss of life would be enormous and the damage to Taiwan devastating. The U.S. needs to ensure that it has the military power to make Xi Jinping think twice about launching a “reunification” effort against Taiwan. The question is whether the Biden Administration is up to the task and it appears they are not.

Ronald Reagan knew what deterrence was:

“Deterrence” means simply this: making sure any adversary who thinks about attacking the United States, or our allies, or our vital interests, concludes that the risks to him outweigh any potential gains. Once he understands that, he won’t attack. We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.”

The neglect of the military by this Administration makes war more likely, not less.


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Larry
Larry
1 month ago

hog wash

Bill Williams
1 month ago

Common sense tells me Hell no. China know it, Russia knows it, Iran knows, N Korea knows it, come on, the whole world knows it except “Biden”.

gypsy
gypsy
1 month ago

liberty does not come free

Graciela
Graciela
1 month ago
Reply to  gypsy

Only Jesus Christ show us His love in the cross, and His love is Free to choose, but yeah everyone is ignoring His love again and again as we can see the world dictator Satan is giving a job by our GOD our Father to wake up every death walking in this world. Every human in this world is death unless is awake, and chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ our God. Is in the word of GOD in the book of John
Unfortunately this world is being given clean by God but Satan will destroy your family’s but Satan is interested in your children’s.
Being deceived by phone, tv, satanícela Hollywood movies wicked festivals, game and many many
Don’t put your hope in any man..!!
Put your hope in the only One GOD the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way.
Blessings

G BAR RED
G BAR RED
1 month ago
Reply to  Graciela

AS GOD ALMIGHTY JEHOVA ORDERED JOSHUA,
“KILL THEM ALL, SPARE NO ONE EVEN THOSE WITH
SUCKLINGS ON THEIR BREASTS” !!!

BTeboe
BTeboe
1 month ago

Our military is being set up to implode. They’ve given away most of the weapons/weapons systems, equipment, fuel, food, but mostly they’ve injected a biological weapon into the majority of the military. We have no idea when these shots will impact the individual.

DennisBAnderson
1 month ago

All you have to do is keep using up our gas reserves. Stop this madness if not they will just drive their equipment in from the south. They will surely take over and telegraphing our problems doesn`t help. This administration is out of touch with reality. Safety zones and taking our guns is a good idea. Until everyone thinks this way you will have chaos and theft and destruction. We now have the burned-out roaches left over from the 60s running things.God help us all they did back then was cry and take anything they could that was free.
That Love Peace and Happiness never liked to work. It always got a hang nail or a spasm in their backs when you wanted them to help out with their free lunch. We have 3 generations of do-nothings.

G BAR RED
G BAR RED
1 month ago

BIDEN BELIEVES THE UNITED STATES KILLED HIS FAVORITE SON BEAU.
HE IS GOING TO KILL THE U.S. FOR IT. HIS REVENGE, TO DESTROY
(TRANSFORM) THIS GREAT COUNTRY ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Michael
1 month ago

In my humble opinion!
No way – Not under the present Political Corrupt Leadership we have right now
in Washington.

Wedgfoot
Wedgfoot
1 month ago

A real shame when we have to fuel up our war machines and there isn’t any left in the strategic fuel reserve.

Gerald S Ladd
1 month ago

Our military has suffered with the drooling fool in the WH. NiggeRATS always gut our military. Nigger Bama did the same thing.

Gerald S Ladd
1 month ago

I forgot. This site now has an I hate freedom of speech moderator.

John W.
John W.
1 month ago

Is the military ready for war ? In my opinion, hell NO!!

First, the military is being forced by the Biden regime to waste precious training time on stupid social engineering crap.

Second, because of the poor quality of American youth, qualified recruits are few. And the ones who might be interested in militatary service don’t want anything to do with current military woke envirionment.

The military has failed to meet recruiting goals again this year. But the Biden feather merchant Generals and senior DoD officials try to tell us we “can do more with less”.

A 6 foot chain will not replace a 10 foot chain!!!! They are lying through their teeth.

I am a retired miitary officer and I see what is happening. It’s not good.

Pud
Pud
1 month ago

Not since pervyJOE depleted our Strategic Oil Supply that was to be used to emergency Military use !
Only to try to BUY votes before the Midterms,,, Impeachable !

RayMan
RayMan
1 month ago

Is the US military ready for war? NNNNNOOOOO. That was proven in Vietnam and Afghanistan. And with Austin at the helm, it’s even worse. He and his are losers.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

Wonder who will be the first to ask for exemption since there won’t be the necessary color coordination to go to war with. How about do not being able to go to war because appointment already set for “sex transition”

msgleo
msgleo
1 month ago

The military is always reduced when a Democrat is president but Biden is ruining it with his wokeness and partisan politics that is clearly against UCMJ.

G BAR RED
G BAR RED
1 month ago

THE WOKIES WILL GET THEIR ASSES KICKED !
EVN THE RUSSIANS WOULD ROLE OVER THEM AND SEND THIER
WOKE PARENTS THEIR BLOODY REMAINS.

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