Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Real State Of The U.S. Military

An M-2 Bradley combat vehicle at the "Salute to America" Independence Day celebration. Tom Brenner / Reuters

Thomas G. Mahnken & Roger Zakheim, The Atlantic: Antiques Road Show: The Real State of the U.S. Military

The wars of the future may depend not so much on the kinds of things you can put on parade, but on new technologies that reimagine warfare.

That a military display on Independence Day proved to be controversial should not be surprising, even if one discounts the partisan tone of much of the criticism. Americans tend not to favor displays of military power, except in the aftermath of successful wars: The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the 1991 Gulf War were all followed by parades. Military displays nonetheless have the benefit of showing the American people what their investment in national defense has yielded. Contrary to President Donald Trump’s assertion that “our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” the “Salute to America” looked more like a military antiques road show than a display of a 21st-century military power.

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WNU Editor:A sobering essay on the state of the U.S. military today.

5 comments:

Mike Feldhake said...

I don't think it's as bad as this comes across. What I believe is that we have secrets for the next war that are being held back; DARPA has spent billions developing weapons and tech that could be deployed quickly. Also, we should figure these new techs might not need large numbers to make a big difference.

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jimbrown said...

The last war we planned for worked pretty well for the wars we fought.

We outnumber and significantly outclass everyone.

We dont need no stinking oil now.

A surprise attack against civilians from a determined enemy might work. Our continental USA population could be heavily disrupted fairly easily if their tech were disrupted. It would take a few weeks only.

Anonymous said...

we the people dont need a retarded military or your protection fools soon you will turn on us ass holes