Attrition: The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Army

January 5, 2016: The U.S. Army has had to make some bold moves to comply with a 2012 order (from Congress) to cut its strength 21 percent (120,000 troops) by 2018. At that point the army will have 450,000 personnel. While the army tried to avoid cutting combat units excessively, 13 combat brigades were disbanded and some were reduced to battalion sized task forces or just headquarters (to be revived as a brigade in wartime using reservists). Some brigades were converted from Stryker units to infantry and some lost one of their three combat battalions. Other brigades gained a battalion and some additional support troops and equipment. The point of it all was to make the most of a bad situation and reorganize so that each unit was best (or better) suited to its future assignments. Most combat brigades are organized and train for eventual deployment in a certain region. They might, as often happens, be sent elsewhere. But in the meantime they have a focus for their organization and training. Continue reading

Is the US Army Near a Breaking Point?

It’s very difficult to believe historical cuts, while the Sino-Soviet axis is modernizing and strengthening their militaries — even through severe economic crises — are in America’s national security interests. America’s nuclear deterrent is collecting dust and becoming outdated, plagued by cheating scandals and the purging of critical personnel. Meanwhile, outside the nuclear deterrent realm, other high ranking officers are being forced into early retirement for daring to go against the grain and admit the war against ISIS is being lost. In conclusion, it’s by design, and going according to plan.

The end of the world isn’t coming, but rather Pax Americana. When America finishes suiciding itself into the dustbin of history, the new world leaders filling the vacuum are going to be Germany, China and Russia.