An Overview of US Defense Posture, 2016.

feeling-luckyThe problem with many official pronouncements that emanate from the E-Ring is credibility. Most of the denizens of that Ring are so ate-up with policy and partisanship, that even when they refrain from slanting their output to fit the party line, the knob-polishers and horse-holders who grovel ambitiously around the penumbrae of their campfires have slanted their inputs so as to please them.

In other words, one of the hardest things, when you’re Boss (or close to it), is getting the Regular Joes and Janes to tell you unvarnished truth, and not what they think you want to hear.

So that is some background to the word we got from a friend currently performing a period of penance in the Pentagon for his sins as a senior special operations officer. The word is that Pentagon planners are increasingly referring to outside documents to get a handle on what’s really happening in Defense. One document that came up is the Heritage Foudation’s frank and scathing 2016 Index of US Military Strength: Assessing America’s Ability to Provide for the Common Defense, available here. (Big .pdf). We’ve actually discussed this document before (or perhaps the 2015 version), but it’s worth looking at again.

The document focuses on the three regions where threats to vital US interests have arisen or can arise: Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It weighs US military power by yardsticks of capability, capacity, and readiness.

The conclusions are sobering:

…little has been done to arrest the decline in our nation’s physical ability to confront … challenges. (p.xiii).

America’s “hard power” has deteriorated still further over the past year, primarily as a result of inadequate funding that has led to a shrinking force that possesses aging equipment and modest levels of readiness for combat. (ibid).

America’s continuing decline in military hard power is thoroughly documented and quanti ed in this report. (p.1).

In aggregate, the United States’ military pos- ture is rated as “Marginal” and is trending toward “Weak.” (p. 12).

Essential maintenance continues to be deferred; fewer units (mostly the Navy’s platforms and the Special Operations Forces community) are being cycled through operational deployments more often and for longer periods; and old equipment is being extended while programmed replacements are problematic. (ibid).

[USAF] “readiness” dropped from “strong” to “marginal.” Although difficult to categorize, the readiness decline is best attributed to reports that under half of the service’s combat air forces meet full-spectrum readiness requirements. (p.13).

…our comparative military advantage is starting to wane, but even as American military power declines, the demands made on the military are increasing. (p.46).

The decline in the size of the active-duty force caused by reduced budgets has sparked tension among the Active, Guard, and Reserve components over their respective missions and corresponding resources. (p.61).

Many NATO Countries spend less on defense than the New York Police Department. (p.81).

One of the key weaknesses and most mismanaged areas of defense over the last two administrations has been the nuclear balance. If it continues to deteriorate, it will probably be impossible to prevent former US allies and nuclear dependents from going their own way with their own independent deterrents.

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rainbow-powered-unicornsThe reasons we’ve had two administrations’ worth of nuclear decline are varied, but certainly the largest factors are the last administration’s focus on counter-goatherd operations, on the one hand, and the present administration’s quixotic pursuit of unilateral nuclear deterrent and “peace” at any price. You could say that the former results from short-term thinking and lack of a horizon focus, and the latter results from sheer childish naivety.

The same naivety that thinks that our nukes are destabilizing tends to be comorbid with belief in other kinds of magical thinking, like Gun Free Zones. It’s not a partisan political problem, this magical cognitive fuzz: does anyone remember the No Child Left Behind Act, which solemnly explained how, over time, all children would be elevated to be Above Average?

Say what you will about education, but basic numeracy seems absent inside the Beltway and along the Acela Corridor.

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Actually, the cartoon misses the teamwork in the new, Diversity-Forward Military. Instead of one stout guy, the missile must be launched by a 90-lb. woman, a dwarf, and a pygmy.

One of the most disturbing parts of the document is the appendix that lists major systems and their scheduled replacements — if any. For example, the Navy has no replacements in mind for its cruisers, just a low-low mix of destroyers and defenseless, offenseless, “presence” LCSes. The submarine force is subject to massive cuts by attrition. In every defense regime, manpower, units and both quantities and kinds of forces are being cut without respect to requirements.

Eliminating variety of forces is the kind of thing that looks good to managerial types who want to apply MBA quantitative figuring to readiness. The problem is that this simplifies the enemy’s task in developing countermeasures for your forces. You not only need a certain level of capability, you need enough variety in your capability to be unpredictable to the enemy. This is very hard to get across to a zero-time-under-rucksack “Defense Intellectual” with a green eyeshade, who has risen to sit in the Aeron chair of command critic.

The next edition is due sometime next month, November 2016, and the word inside the Ring is that it will describe an even bleaker situation.

38 thoughts on “An Overview of US Defense Posture, 2016.

  1. rc

    Hard to even imagine that we’ll be prepared for the next war at any level after this administration. The moral rot that has set in is, alone, enough to do us in…the material cuts seal the deal.

    1. Geodkyt

      So, we’re back to the same spot we have traditionally found ourselves in after every war — completely unprepared when the next one breaks out, forced to trade lives for time to build size.

      Goddamnit,

  2. Scott

    Typos may be in the original…

    and quanti ed in this

    military pos- ture is

    (BTW, to the extent it might helpful and less distracting, I’d be happy to email (or otherwise report) these sorts of anal-retentive notes outside of the comments section.)

    1. Hognose Post author

      I’d be glad to give you a login and editor privileges, Scott, if you promise to use your superpowers only for good!

      1. Scott

        I will if it will help! I’m not a professional editor or anything. (Actually a programmer, which goes a long way to explain, I suppose, my obsession with parentheses.) And I can’t promise daily reads (building a house, not quite a plane), but I think it could be good to keep these nits out of the comments section. Or I’d be happy just to privately point them out and let you edit as you have time and see fit. I think you have my email as a part of the comment section. You can ping me there, and I can give you a better email address for me.

  3. LCPL Martinez USMC

    I’m no policy wonk, but I am a Ron Paul libertarian—- ie. stop policing the world at our own detriment.

    The way I see it whether we’re off by a couple of hundred nukes, we still can carry out MAD. So why not just save our money and put it in other stuff?

    If Russia wants to up their nukes, fine have at it.

    1. ME, leave ’em alone. Or if we must help, follow Israel’s lead and I think they’d agree that we should be following ME Christians and non-Sunnis/Shias. Had we followed that simple principle all along we’d had known to bet on Assad instead of against. Bring Oman equal to KSA, the Omanis have been fighting Salafis/Wahabis since America was still fighting the British… that’s a looong time, I’ve always wondered why the Omanis, culturally have not played a bigger role in shaping the ME per our policies.

    2. Asia, follow our oil/gas companies and State Dept’s lead. They are helping the Chinese right now since gaining expertise in fracking, having fracked the hell out of our own lands. This is Obama’s way of alleviating their South China seas concerns— it’s a win-win scenario, people get methane (albeit w/ lots of leak); American oil/gas companies become experts (like Wall Street subprime scam, ie. most if not all that stuff they’re fracking here is set to go to China anyway, since they are willing to pay more, wink wink!) and Dept. of State gets to push something finally, LOL!

    Fracking ‘s set and done, but I’d say continue pushing China to scale up non-fossil fuel alternatives… only they can scale up to make a dent in current trends, ie. I’d love to get a Chinese TESLA type car at $20K or less.

    3. Europe, all I can say is the Hajnal line. NATO might persist, but the EU cannot continue simply based on staring at that line on the map. Which means some countries are just destined to belong under the auspices of Russia (which I’m sure will make Russia relax).

    As far as stuff that can hurt me personally, I’m not too worried about nukes. I’m more worried about a vehicle-ped accident or other traffic related accident than nuke and/or terrorist attacks, Islamic or otherwise.

    But I am worried about China’s Opium war currently against us, ie. Fentanyl and other synthetics, that… and Chinese companies, no doubt PLA run, buying up real state in the Left coast and other parts. So in conclusion , engage China closer, forget about the ME and cut-up the EU.

  4. robroysimmons

    How is Soros supposed to rule the world? Seems easy enough to crash a country’s economy but as it slides into anarchy how will the banksters get their money back?

  5. Tierlieb

    I am always impressed by the size difference of the US and Russian arsenals compare to the rest. Is there a metric how many nuclear missiles and warheads you actually need?

    Something like NumberOfMissiles * AffectedAreaPerMissile * InterceptionProbability / TargetAreaSize > 1

    Basically asking “how many rockets do you actually need to wipe the Russians or Chinese off the map?”

    1. Badger

      By all means, don’t forget to factor in surivivability before the bird flies. Regimes change but Russians have no problem adhering to “quantity has a quality all its own.” [sarcasm on] After all, how dare they put their country so close to all our NATO bases?”[/sarcasm] :)

      I wonder how many of the policy wankers (er… wonks) in the E-ring still show up for work simply out of curiosity to see where the mandarins are going to want to go today? It was a different crowd when I worked a 2nd shift in Opns there during the so-called Cold War (physically & atmospherically removed from the outer ring). Those working the long days-into-night actually would pick up the phone to call for someone to come be the 2nd party to initial that their safes were locked. I’m guessing in the outermost reaches there’s less of that now; unless it’s to protect the next DRAFT diversity Powerpoint.

      1. Miles

        Where I retired from, we were allowed to have a single individual initial off on a container’s 702 (of course, not including the Guard Checks) Even the MACOM Physical Security manager & DAIG had no problems with that.

    2. Timothy

      I used to have a book called “Nuclear War in the 1980’s” and i believe it did discuss this topic. I believe they also included the possibility of failure at various stages of missile launch, including issues like the silos doors not opening, booster failures, failures to separate, etc.

  6. Able

    You think you’ve got it bad? Look at our (UK) force structure! But …

    Personally I suspect this report significantly under-represents the failing situation. There has always, to some extent, been a ‘numerical’ disparity, but it was offset by your definitive technical superiority. ‘That’ has effectively disappeared, intentionally (?) by ‘certain administrations’ giving your tech away … but only to your enemies (you do realise the only countries where you can’t buy US restricted tech items are … your allies?). How much has Russia had access to since the wall, and crucially how much of your tech base is now … in China, enemy territory? (If I hear one more “But we need to allow them internet access (allowing them to hack us) and our tech so as to allow them to see democracy (and copy our weapons) is the way to go” idiots one more time I’ll slot the bstard!)

    From personal experience (wink-wink E squdrn) I can say that the vast majority of Russian forces (away from western media and observers) is in a ‘very’ dire state, whatever they pretend. Personnel and material and definitely logistical (yes, even worse in some instances than immediately post the collapse). That and both economic and ‘infrastructure’ they are ‘extremely’ vulnerable. (current thinking estimates eight teams could bring about a complete collapse in a week, and not a single ‘military’ target, just to give you a reference point)

    So? I suspect the main ‘issue’ is that The US’s ‘growing reluctance/inability’ to remain the worlds policeman (which is the only result your declining force structure, but mainly your declining superiority, will allow) will result, not in a major conflict with a major player, but in constant ‘minor’ ‘incidents’ and with the more major players ‘pushing’ to get what they want against an unwilling/weakened US. That and bit-part idiots trying their luck (Iran, NK, etc.)

    As I keep saying, much as The Empire, the US isn’t the world’s policeman because she is great, she’s great because she’s the world’s policeman (currency, trade, laws, …). Lose that and collapse to second tier status is a step away (look at us). Your ‘relative quality’ to offset the quantity is rapidly disappearing, and ‘that’ (eaten up by F-35, LCS, etc. and the inept senior politicised ‘got-all-the-right-ribbons-but-unaccountably-was-never-in-actual-combat’ officer corps) is your main problem, not the number of nukes.

    It’s not the first time someone there has ‘stepped on his dick’ (look at 7.62 to 5.56, decades later thinking about 6.8 when they originally dismissed EM-2 and the superior .280 British because of not-invented-here-syndrome. Hey, it’s only taken them 65+ years to catch up! Duh!), but it’s the first time you don’t have a fall-back superiority to cushion the results. Address that or … ‘we’re’ all screwed.

    Just sayin’

    1. USMC LCpl Martinez

      *** “As I keep saying, much as The Empire, the US isn’t the world’s policeman because she is great, she’s great because she’s the world’s policeman (currency, trade, laws, …)” ***

      @@@ Able,

      I tend to agree w/ the above, such is the reason for power… primacy. But when we’re making it rain in Af-Pak to the tune of trillions, same with Iraq, and only getting a shirt that says, “I didn’t even get a reach around”, then the juice is not worth the squeeze.

      Right outside Camp Pendleton, in Carlsbad, CA is the Army Navy Academy, military school covering grades 7-12. The school pre-dates Camp Pendleton by like 30 yrs, still a ranch when the Academy opened in 1910. Well I got to do some volunteer work, mentoring and training jr. / sr. high kids while at Pendleton , since my command encouraged it.

      And it was an eye-opener , having gone to school in the ghetto, I was in awe at how effective leadership training contributes to all facet of a kid’s growing up process. Then in Iraq we were driving around literally large boxes of US currency to give away to local clans and officials. The officers were in-charge of disbursing, but I got to see all that money wasted.

      I’ve always thought if only a bunch of Army Navy Academy type schools were stood up in the inner cities (and else where), we’d be a stronger nation, not just in military sense of the word strong. I’m talking about the one-on-one type mentoring training, not these cookie cutter bs prevalent in public schools in CA and the rest of the US. Have you guys heard of Deep Springs College in the middle of nowhere in CA, just right above Death Valley Nat’l Park, why can’t more schools be set up like that?

      IMHO opinion we can’t play policeman any longer, or at least for now, because we’ve been hemorrhaging playing cop and we’ve forfeited our next generation their right to some top training & education because we’ve focused too much outside, and not inside, domestic. We need more Army Navy Academies for high school and more Deep Springs College for grades 13-14 (Deep Springs College is a 2 year program), and we can’t do that

      if we’re giving away money with no return of investment expected. We just can’t. America has to fix itself first, and that sentiment has always been why I’ve been a big fan of Ron Paul.

      I do agree that English speaking nations have to take control, so maybe spread the responsibilities, get the UK to man up, get Canada to get off their butts and Australia to participate fully. But America can’t do all this by itself anymore, Able— we just can’t.

      1. Able

        LCpl

        “We just can’t”

        Oh, you could quite easily, but should you is an entirely different cooking utensil of pisceans isn’t it? As to an Anglosphere defence organisation (as if NATO was anything but that and a few hangers on) I agree wholeheartedly (if we can get our socialist governments to stop bribing the electorate with other peoples money and sucking on the welfare teat we’d even be able to afford it too).

        One problem is that you’ve, instead of being the policeman, enforcing laws, norms of behaviour allowing trade and basic rights, you’ve been forced to act as the worlds social worker. Has your country come from a broken home? Have you got health problems? An abusive spouse? Call US and we’ll swoop in and hold your hand, excuse your atrocities, pay your debts/give you an EBT card, rebuild and decorate your palaces and then set you up with a really nice guy (when everyone knows your either the violent one, or a codependent at the very least and you’ll go running to screw the nearest bad guy when our backs are turned).

        With Iraq, Afghanistan and bloody everywhere else you’ve (and by extension us, and since I’ve been involved in every bloody external deployment of Her Majesties Armed Forces anywhere in the last 30 years in particular … me too, and I’ve the scars and ballistic implanted piercings to prove it) been required to ‘intervene’ in for the last fifty years is … you haven’t been allowed to do it properly (by your politicians, media and the touchy-feely SJW unrepresentative but overly loud pressure groups). Look to how The Empire, and you in your heyday used to ‘intervene’, compare and contrast. A policeman isn’t supposed to be liked, he’s supposed to be respected … and feared.

        Look at us, it used to be that a colonial administrator could cow a rebel uprising by turning up with a riding crop. Now? Similarly, you used to be able to go anywhere in the world and have the protection of saying “I’m American” and nothing else was needed. Now? So what changed? The worlds criminal regimes? The dross of humanity wherever it lurks? Nope, that would be ‘we changed’, and not for the better (courtesy of those self-same touchy-feely cultural-equivalent can’t we all just get along rainbows and unicorns and marx’s little book types). Sigh! (I feel old!)

      2. Able

        “We just can’t”

        Oh, you could quite easily, but should you is an entirely different cooking utensil of pisceans isn’t it? As to an Anglosphere defence organisation (as if NATO was anything but that and a few hangers on) I agree wholeheartedly (if we can get our socialist governments to stop bribing the electorate with other peoples money and sucking on the welfare teat we’d even be able to afford it too).

        One problem is that you’ve, instead of being the policeman, enforcing laws, norms of behaviour allowing trade and basic rights, you’ve been forced to act as the worlds social worker. Has your country come from a broken home? Have you got health problems? An abusive spouse? Call US and we’ll swoop in and hold your hand, excuse your atrocities, pay your debts/give you an EBT card, rebuild and decorate your palaces and then set you up with a really nice guy (when everyone knows your either the violent one, or a codependent at the very least).

        With Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere else you’ve (and by extension us, and since I’ve been involved in every bl**dy external deployment of Her Majesties Armed Forces anywhere in the last 30 years in particular … me too, and I’ve the scars and ballistic implanted piercings to prove it) been required to ‘intervene’ in for the last fifty years is … you haven’t been allowed to do it properly (by your politicians, media and the touchy-feely SJW unrepresentative but overly loud pressure groups). Look to how The Empire, and you in your heyday used to ‘intervene’, compare and contrast. A policeman isn’t supposed to be liked, he’s supposed to be respected … and feared.

        Look at us, it used to be that a colonial administrator could cow a rebel uprising by turning up with a riding crop. Now? Similarly, you used to be able to go anywhere in the world and have the protection of saying “I’m American” and nothing else was needed. Now? So what changed? The worlds criminal regimes? The dross of humanity wherever it lurks? Nope, that would be ‘we changed’, and not for the better (courtesy of those self-same touchy-feely cultural-equivalent can’t we all just get along rainbows and unicorns and marx’s little book types). Sigh! (I feel old!)

        (How quaint, apparently the filter binned my first posting for uttering the ‘b’ word)

      3. Able

        Ah boss, if you could ‘rescue’ one of my replies to LCpl i’d be grateful, not sure what i said that infuriated the filter but please feel free to edit as needed

          1. Hognose Post author

            Your comments hung, apparently, due to length. Don’t sweat it if it happens again, it usually gets released from comment jail the same day.

          2. Mike_C

            >embarassing
            Nah, it was a good comment and IMHO worth reading twice.

            >you used to be able to go anywhere in the world and have the protection of saying “I’m American”
            Yeah, but these days “civis Americanus sum” puts up to a $100 million price tag on your head. So that’s why they’re telling us the economy is doing so great, each individual American is worth so much more these days.
            Hmmm … with a national debt of 1.9x10exp13 USD, and the value of a single American at 1x10exp8, why, sending 1.9x10exp5 Americans (say Little Rock, Arkansas) to Iran would pay off our national debt. Assuming reciprocity in value of Americans going either way.

          3. Able

            Oh? That’s alright then, I’m used to being in jail over there, although they called it being in ‘protective custody’ both times for some reason.

            What? The first, Eglin after showing the 7th ‘how it’s done’ and an after exercise drinking bout. I ‘may’ have accidentally placed a (red) road flare outside, above the door to the female officers quarters (apparently survivable if ‘someone’ hadn’t included a price list as well). Our visit was somewhat curtailed following a slightly miffed OIC having to ‘take some flak’ (the consensus was that it was mostly due to my … I mean ‘someone’ over-estimating the prices). Protective custody? When the residents found out who ‘may’ have been the culprit (a violent bunch your female officers – just sayin’).

            The second? Orofino for, and I quote “offensively and with malicious intent singing a song, specifically the Monty Python Lumberjack song ‘at’ people”(?!?) It wasn’t my fault, I was new there, how was I supposed to know that when a large, very hairy logger waxed lyrically about his preference for wearing red suspenders in public it was innocent? (For the record, what you call suspenders, we call braces. What we call suspenders, you call a garter belt – yes, quite!).

            I wont include my (many) other international arrest reports in-case you think I’m untrustworthy.

          4. Geodkyt

            Mike_C- “civis Americanus sum” doesn’t protect as well anymore (although there were always times and places where it didn’t work) because the barbarians no longer fear the response of the legions.

            That’s the long and short of it,

            Whether or not one believes that a modern, civilized, nation, should have legions the barbarians should fear (or that said nation should even admit barbarians exist) is a different story. A story I’m not really qualified to answer, as, being a former legionnaire for “CPQA” (Constitutio Populusque Americanus) myself, I am probably closer emotionally to said barbarians than I am to the ivory tower intellectuals who feel that love will always find a way, and the solution to all problems of hostility is sensitivity training for the civilized people, so they can properly empathize with the barbarians.

          5. Geodkyt

            Mike_C- “civis Americanus sum” doesn’t protect as well anymore (although there were always times and places where it didn’t work) because the barbarians no longer fear the response of the legions.

            That’s the long and short of it, Whether or not one believes that a modern, civilized, nation, should have legions the barbarians should fear (or even admit barbarians exist) is a different story. A question I am probably not qualified to answer, as, being a former legionnaire for “CPQA” (Constitutio Populusque Americanus) myself, I am closer in some ways emotionally to said barbarians than I am to the ivory tower intellectuals who feel that love will always find a way, and the solution to all problems of hostility is sensitivity training for the civilized people, so they can properly empathize with the barbarians.

          6. Geodkyt

            “Civis Americanus sum” doesn’t protect as well anymore (although there were always times and places where it didn’t work) because the barbarians no longer fear the response of the legions.

            That’s the long and short of it, Whether or not one believes that a modern, civilized, nation, should have legions the barbarians should fear (or even admit barbarians exist) is a different story. A question I am probably not qualified to answer, as, being a former legionnaire for “CPQA” (Constitutio Populusque Americanus) myself, I am closer in some ways emotionally to said barbarians than I am to the ivory tower intellectuals who feel that love will always find a way, and the solution to all problems of hostility is sensitivity training for the civilized people, so they can properly empathize with the barbarians.

    2. ToastieTheCoastie

      I have no insight into the state of Russia’s military, but I’d say based on history that judging their strength on the metrics you would use for other armies is a mistake. They’ve been underestimated way to many times.

      1. Able

        Toastie

        Granted, but neither should we ‘take council of our fears’, no?

        Russia has always had a mastery of propaganda and disinformation. Consider the most recent “40 million people involved in a nuclear war exercise” in the light of this. If they are as strong, and as confident, as they ‘appear’ and are purported to be, would they do this, so openly, publicly, informing every media outlet around the world? If they were contemplating a major war, would they? This wasn’t a military decision, it was ‘political’, remember Putin is KGB (both FSB and SVR as they would now be termed).

        I don’t dismiss them, individually Russia has some of the absolute best, and toughest troops anywhere, but the vast majority, of a considerably smaller military than their cold war predecessors had, is still mainly conscripted (and now only serving one year instead of two), poorly equipped, trained and paid. The bulk of which is required for internal ‘security’ duties – they have considerably more internal ‘issues’ than even current Europe (something Putin is more than aware of – consider his ‘reform’ of the federal districts).

        They have new systems from aircraft to armour, but very few of them. They ‘ostensibly’ have an army of one million, sounds impressive doesn’t it, but when the overwhelming majority are, like those outside Lenins tomb, pimple-faced conscripts doing one year is that quite as ‘intimidating’?

        As to nukes, he’s long (since 2000) been demanding a major (apparent) increase but nobody notices that a significant number of (much) older systems must be retired, and so the numbers may actually, even with all the new funding, be decreasing (and still below the START figures). Dezinformatsiya remember?

        Putin is playing politics at the moment, and most of it is purely for internal consumption, although having not a single competent western leader, or a media that will print anything their masters don’t type for them, currently has made his life considerably easier.

        1. bloke_from_ohio

          I am of the opinion that most politics is local politics almost every where in the world.

  7. Inventive

    It’s pretty much American tradition to not be ready for impending global conflict though, right? I mean it’s a short tradition, but still tradition.

    The difference this time is that not being ready for modern warfare is much more costly, as our enemies can reach us and our allies a lot easier than seventy some years ago.

  8. Jim Scrummy

    Show of hands who thinks this is just happenstance…. Anyone…? Thought so. The next ten years should be fun.

    Start or re-invigorate your personal and family’s (if you have a family) PT program, because you’re gonna need it. I feel better after dropping 15 lbs, need to lose 15 more to be at my “fightin'” weight. I can conceal IWB instead of OWB.

  9. loren

    And then there’s the LCS. The sandal brigade just sank the fast transport that was the model for the new wizband LCS’s. Going to be a hell of a littoral ship if it can’t get up close to shore. Close being 100 miles or so out.

  10. John Distai

    Your article mentions “No Child Left Behind”. It’s really “No Contractor Left Behind”, disguised as a child welfare program.

  11. Keith Z.

    I think the problem is that we see the military as an organization that exists to kill people and break things, and to do so as best it can. This is no longer the true purpose of the military. The militaries new purpose is to be “diverse” as possible, to spend as much money for as long as possible on boondoggle “next gen” technology that ends up getting cancled, and to fight global warming. An actual shooty shooty bang bang war is simply to horrible to contemplate now.

  12. cynical

    This report seems like just another request for yet more fundiung for the most expensive and comp0letely unaudited military in the history of our planet.

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