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    25 Feb 2015

    This Scary New Report Should Have All Americans Worried About The Future Of Our Nation

    For over the past half century, the United States has had the most powerful military force in the world. This has directly led to peace at home and substantial stability throughout the rest of the world. 
    But, a just released report from the Heritage Foundation should have all Americans concerned.  Newmax Reports:
    Only “32 percent of the active Army” is “ready for combat”; only seven classes of the U.S. Navy’s 18 classes of ships are currently in production, with the Navy’s overall capability “weak”; and the Marine Corps’ current 25 battalions fall far short of the 36 necessary for the key benchmark of dealing simultaneously with two major wars in different regions of the world.
    Those are some of the chilling conclusions of the first annual Heritage Foundation Index of U.S. Military Strength, released to the public Tuesday morning.

    This is a shocking revelation about our military.  In a time when world threats to freedom and peace are growing, the last thing America should be doing is further “downsizing” our military.  Newsmax continues with the details:

    The Air Force’s “number one priority,” the F-35A next-generation fighter, replacing the F-16 and other planes, “is riddled with problems (including technological delays, significant cost growth, production delays, and budget cuts) that have slowed development” by years. The still-in-development KC-46 refueling tanker, is also experiencing delays, and will only replace less than half of the 391 older tanker models in current inventory.

    Another finding was that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is weak in four of 10 categories examined, including the current capabilities of the laboratories and plants where nuclear weapons are developed, produced and tested.
    “The U.S. cannot produce more than a trivial number of new warheads,” says the new Heritage report, and “There are limits on the ability to conduct life extension programs.”
    We have all witnessed the changing priorities this administration has had for both the military and fiscal spending; neither of which is good.
    Instead of focusing on military preparedness and superior weaponry and training, the Obama Administration has focused on social experimentation in the military.  Now, it seems more important to make transsexuals feel more comfortable in uniform than it does to defend our strategic global priorities. 
    The feminists are back again, demanding women have access to all combat roles, including special ops.  Never mind that all of the over two dozen women who have applied have failed the Marine Corps combat officer training course.
    Because it is more important for the Obama regime to spend billions on making illegal aliens welcome – with free welfare, health insurance, guaranteed jobs, and even free hormone therapy for the gender-confused – than it is to make sure our active military and our veterans have everything they need to win and recover from wars, we are becoming weaker and weaker as a nation. 
    Marine Corps capacity was judged “weak,” while its capability and readiness were scored “marginal.” The Corps is expected to reach an end strength of 182,100 active personnel during the current fiscal year. But in 2010, the Marines “determined that its ideal force size would be 186,800.”

    With its current 25 battalions, “The Corps is operating with 69 percent of the number of battalions” needed for two simultaneous wars.
    The Army’s capacity was “scored at the low end of ‘marginal'” because the ability to fight two major theater wars (or in current military parlance, “major regional contingencies”) would require 50 brigade combat teams, not just the current 38, meeting just 76 percent of that benchmark.
    The U.S. Navy is assessed as “weak” on capability, “marginal” on capacity, but “strong” on readiness. The current intent to reach a total of 30 attack submarines is “well short of the 48 attack submarines the Navy requires.”
    Navy capacity requires 13 aircraft carriers to fight two major theater wars and have a 20 percent strategic reserve; the fiscal 2014 requirement is only 10. Fighting two such wars simultaneously plus reserve requires 50 amphibious warships; the FY 2014 capacity is only 31.

    The U.S. strategy, as far as the military goes, has been to have the capacity to fight two simultaneous war fronts at the same time – a wise plan.  But, the U.S. capability has shrunk to below that objective – a very dangerous position to be in today given the resurgent radical Islamic threat, Russian expansionism, the North Korean nuclear threat, and the Iranian possibility of nukes.
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