Pentagon: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia

U.S. Marines participate in a military exercise

U.S. Marines participate in a military exercise / Getty Images

 

Defense Science Board warns military supply system ‘decayed’ and needs rapid upgrading

The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly and needs rapid upgrading to be ready for any future war with China or Russia, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.

A special task force on survivable logistics evaluated the military’s current airlift, sealift, and prepositioned equipment and supplies and found major problems with supporting forces during a “high-end” conflict. Continue reading

1st large-scale exercise set in military air training area

https://i0.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/98adb4f005e683889618fbc4670f9e4a581dfa45/c=126-0-1875-1312&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2015/11/30/GreatFalls/B9319912984Z.1_20151130100632_000_GGICNLOL6.1-0.jpg

Fighter jet training is planned for Wednesday and Thursday. (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo)

 

BISMARCK, N.D. — Military airplanes are taking to the skies this week for the first large-scale exercise in a training area over the Northern Plains.

The exercise in the 35,000-square-mile Powder River Training Complex is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Bombers, fighter jets and refueling tankers will be practicing maneuvers in the airspace over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. Continue reading

Past inattention, present budget woes mean US Air Force must keep its aging warhorses flying

As the US Air Force technology becomes outdated, it becomes more expensive to maintain. Ironically and unfortunately, cuts have been made mostly in newer tech which only further compounds the problem of an aging military power.

For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit.

The aging of the U.S. Air Force, a long-simmering topic in defense circles, made a brief appearance in the presidential debates when Republican nominee Mitt Romney cited it as evidence of the decline of U.S. military readiness. His contention that the Navy is the smallest it’s been since 1917 got more attention, thanks to President Barack Obama’s quip that the Navy also has fewer “horses and bayonets.” Continue reading

Obama offered bunker-busters if Israel agreed not to strike Iran in 2012

WASHINGTON — Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was not expected to ship advanced GBU-28 bunker-busters to Israel.

The officials said Obama himself offered to transfer the GBU-28 as well as the KC-135 refueling aircraft to Israel. They said the president, however, demanded an Israeli commitment not to attack Iran in 2012.

The president’s offer was relayed during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 5. Officials said Netanyahu said Israel would welcome the advanced U.S. platforms but could not commit to allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

They said the advanced weapon was in short supply in U.S. military stocks amid threats in Asia.

Full article: Obama offered bunker-busters if Israel agreed not to strike Iran in 2012 (World Tribune)