Defense-on-the-Cheap Leaves U.S. Military Smaller, Less Combat-Ready

Justin Johnson, a defense budget expert at the Heritage Foundation, warns that U.S. military might has been decimated by budget cuts totaling 25 percent over the last 5 years. “It will take years to rebuild our armed forces to the level needed to defeat growing global threats,” he said. “We must start making the necessary investments now.”

“America cannot simply ‘stand pat,’” he said. “We now have the smallest Army since World War II, and the Administration wants to cut another 30,000 Army troops over the next two years. The Air Force is the smallest since its creation in the 1940s, and the Navy is the smallest we’ve had since 1916.”

“The military as a whole is smaller than it was on 9/11. Our forces are spread too thin, and more and more of them are unfit for deployment. It’s a recipe for defeat.”

“It will take years to rebuild the U.S. military,” Johnson said, “but that’s exactly what Congress and the Administration should be focused on. The must budget wisely today to ensure our military is ready for the missions of tomorrow.”

Full article: Defense-on-the-Cheap Leaves U.S. Military Smaller, Less Combat-Ready (The Heritage Foundation)

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