As reported last summer, Barack Obama is waging a campaign to reduce the number of US soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000. Many of our men and women in service are receiving layoff notices while on active duty.
Obama’s now six-year purge of the U. S. military consists of high-ranking officers as well[i]. Thus, it is no surprise that our military would be “marginally able” to defend our nation in times of crisis.
The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only ‘marginally able’ to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday.
‘The U.S. military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,’ said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. ‘And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict….’
‘The U.S. military is rapidly approaching a one-war capable force,’ said Mr. Wood, a former Marine Corps officer and strategic planner. ‘So [it is] able to handle a major war and then having just a bit of residual capability to handle other minor crises that might pop up…But it is a far cry from being a two-war force….’
Readiness. Faced with the current sharp reductions in funding mandated by sequestration, military service officials, senior DOD officials, and even Members of Congress have warned of the dangers of recreating the “hollow force” of the 1970s when units existed on paper but were staffed at reduced levels, minimally trained, and woefully equipped as a consequence of inadequate funding to conduct training, hone skills in exercises, and repair broken or replace worn-out equipment. To avoid this, the services have intentionally traded quantity/capacity and modernization to ensure that what they do have is ‘ready’ for employment.
The service chiefs have stated repeatedly that current and projected levels of funding are taking a toll on the ability of units to maintain sufficient levels of readiness across the force. Some units have reduced manning. Some squadrons do not fly as many hours. Ground units have not gone to the range as often or participated in the types of combined arms and maneuver exercises they feel are necessary to develop and sustain high levels of proficiency in the complex tasks needed to succeed in battle. The Navy has regularly deferred major maintenance cycles for its ships because the ships that are available are at high demand from the COCOMs, and the Navy does not have a sufficient number both to perform scheduled maintenance and to keep enough hulls in the water for operational use.
It is one thing to have the right capabilities to defeat the enemy in battle. It is another thing to have a sufficient amount of those capabilities to sustain operations over time and many battles against an enemy, especially when attrition or dispersed operations are significant factors. But sufficient numbers of the right capabilities are rather meaningless if the force is unready to engage in the task….
None of the above, along with Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood ties taking up space in the White House and Obama’s refusal to call our enemies by that which they are is lost on our enemies thereby placing this nation at greater peril.
(The information contained in this post is republished solely for commentary and educational purposes ONLY.
Source: 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength, Heritage Foundation.
The following is a list of our military elite who have been dismissed or fired under Obama Commanding Generals fired:
* General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander
International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
* Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint
Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
* Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
* Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
* Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
* Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
* General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)