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.” Continue reading

China to increase military spending ‘by about 10 per cent this year’: NPC spokeswoman

Fu Ying, the National People’s Congress spokeswoman, told this week’s annual plenum that the rise was in line with suggestions by the central authority.

The mainland increased its military budget by 12.2 per cent last year. Continue reading

‘Purge surge’: Obama fires another commander

WASHINGTON – After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.

Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200.

In response, prominent retired generals – ranging from Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News senior military analyst, to Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a founder of the Army’s elite Delta Force, to Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry Brady – have all gone on the record with WND, characterizing Obama’s actions as nothing less than an all-out attack on America’s armed forces. Continue reading

Army warns it could have trouble handling single war

WASHINGTON – Budget reductions could render the Army at “high risk to meet even one major war,” according to documents obtained by USA TODAY, a warning the Army is sounding because it sees another war as inevitable before long.

The Army provided its assessment as each of the services is conducting a four-year scrub of its strategy and the resources needed to meet it, a process called the Quadrennial Defense Review. Continue reading

Insular Military Solutions

BERLIN (Own report) – On the occasion of the December European Council meeting on European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation is applying pressure to have new steps made toward the intensification of EU military cooperation. According to a paper recently published by the foundation, the meeting – the first of its kind since 2003 – should assist in significantly enhancing the military clout of European countries. Given the fact that European military budgets are continuing to shrink and the previous rudiments of closer cooperation (“pooling and sharing”) have not really taken hold, new measures must be introduced. Under the slogan, “Insular Solutions,” the foundation pleads for the integration of the armed forces of a few states, first, at the regional level, to then make further attempts to consolidate these at the EU level. This concept is not only aimed at wearing down existing national resistance to the possible weakening of national arms industries, but also to weaken the British-French military alliance founded in November 2011 – seen as an obstacle to German military predominance in the EU. Continue reading

Why The Next War With China Could Go Very Badly For The United States

Most Americans assume that the U.S. military is so vastly superior to everyone else that no other nation would ever dream of fighting a full-scale war against us.  Unfortunately, that assumption is dead wrong.  In recent years, the once mammoth technological gap between the U.S. military and the Chinese military has been closing at a frightening pace.  China has been accomplishing this by brazenly stealing our technology and hacking into our computer systems. The Pentagon and the Obama administration know all about this, but they don’t do anything about it. Continue reading

Chinese military leaders calls for war-readiness in Parliament

Regardless of the bogus and intentional “sequestration”, it’s quite unwise to leave five U.S. aircraft carriers laying around while the military of an enemy nation continues advancing capability by leaps and bounds. The PLA has hit every Washington network via hacking while a decision was made two years ago to go soft on the CCP. Advanced F-35’s at the moment cannot fly into clouds, bad weather or at night. Meanwhile, the “latest” nuclear weapon made by the US is roughly 20 years old.  Then lets not also forget to thank the Clintons who gave China a technology boost to their nuclear arsenal (while ours are reduced or collecting dust) by selling hundreds super computers through the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 90’s. And to cap it off, our military leadership thinks the global economy is more important than physical protection of the US citizenry.

This is only the beginning when it comes to describing with a few examples just how crippled America has become over the last five years. If someone thinks America today is safe, cannot be touched and can pull through this “recession” that is going on its sixth year — they couldn’t be farther from the truth. America is one disaster away from a total economic collapse, or one economic collapse away from war.

Beijing: Lawmakers from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest military, has called for increased battle preparedness to win wars amid simmering tensions with some of the country’s neighbours over maritime disputes.

“Our military construction is currently facing an unprecedented historical opportunity with various rigorous challenges existing at the same time. Since the situation is so pressing, it is necessary to build up the armed forces in accordance with the high standards of fighting,” said Mo Junpeng, PLA deputy to the NPC.

The 2.3 million-strong PLA, World’s largest military, this year got USD 115.7 billion alloted to it in the budget, second only to the United States. Continue reading

Military Readiness at a Tipping Point

“The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point.”

That’s how General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee while discussing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) budget woes.

What effect this will have on specific military programs remains unclear. However, the DOD already has countless readiness concerns to show for years of underfunded modernization efforts. “Not enough people, not enough parts, not enough training, not enough everything,”lamented Vice Admiral Thomas Copeman, commander of naval surface forces for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He put the equation thusly: “[Operational] tempos have increased, resources have gone down.” This conundrum occurred before sequestration has taken effect, it is worth noting. Continue reading

China boosts defense budget 11 percent after U.S. “pivot”

China’s military spending is the second highest in the world, after the United States. While some naively call it a distant second, they don’t consider that this budget does not not include items such as research and development or foreign weapons procurement, to name a few out of many. The true budget is most likely double, or more.

The increase announced by parliament spokesman Li Zhaoxing will bring official outlays on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to 670.3 billion yuan ($110 billion) for 2012, after a 12.7 percent increase last year and a near-unbroken string of double-digit rises across two decades.

Beijing’s public budget is widely thought by foreign experts to undercount its real spending on military modernization, which has unnerved Asian neighbors and drawn repeated calls from Washington for China to share more about its intentions.

Full article: China boosts defense budget 11 percent after U.S. “pivot” (Reuters)