(National Sentinel) Parity: A shocking new study from a bipartisan panel charged with analyzing the Trump administration’s National Defense Study actually concludes that U.S. military advantages may have eroded to a point where it could lose a war with Russia or China.
The Washington Post reports:
The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition.
While endorsing the strategy’s aims, the commission warned that Washington isn’t moving fast enough or investing sufficiently to put the vision into practice, risking a further erosion of American military dominance that could become a national security emergency.
At the same time, according to the commission, China and Russia are seeking dominance in their regions and the ability to project military power globally, as their authoritarian governments pursue defense buildups aimed squarely at the United States.
“The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia,” the report said. “The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”
“There is a strong fear of complacency, that people have become so used to the United States achieving what it wants in the world, to include militarily, that it isn’t heeding the warning signs,” Kathleen Hicks, a former top Pentagon official during the Obama administration and one of the commissioners, told the Post. “It’s the flashing red that we are trying to relay.”
Eric Edelman, a top Pentagon official during the Bush administration, a commission co-chair along with retired U.S. Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, said the report examined years’ worth of warnings that U.S. military dominance was slipping away.
Russia and China have “learned from what we’ve done. They’ve learned from our success. And while we’ve been off doing a different kind of warfare, they’ve been prepared for a kind of warfare at the high end that we really haven’t engaged in for a very long time,” Edelman told Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and commission member during an upcoming episode of Morell’s podcast, “Intelligence Matters.”
Bottom line: President Obama for years refused to sign actual defense budget, forcing the military branches to live off ‘continuing resolutions.’
While that may not mean much to most Americans, the service branches have to have real budgets so they can plan out weapons development and purchases that take years — and billions of dollars — to produce.
While we were mired in brushfire conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere, Russia and China were planning for major power war.
Now we’re going to have to play catchup. And guess who’s going to make that task more difficult?
Spending bills including the budget for the Defense Department originate in the House; Democrats who have long opposed higher levels of defense spending in favor of funding social welfare and benefits programs instead, are going to control the House in a few short weeks.
Do you think in this highly partisan political environment POTUS Trump and Republicans will have an easier or harder time passing defense budgets that call for increased spending?
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