Tuesday, February 02, 2010
(fm the BC thread "The No-Fire Zone")
The US armed forces are now more pared back then they have been since Korea. They simply lack the numbers to respond to real threats that can be expected to arise in widely dispersed locations. No matter how good a warrior is or how sophisticated their equipment is they can not be in two places at the same time.
The USMC is 3/4 the size it should be, needs 4 active Divisions.
The USAF is 1/2 the size it should be, needs 600 F-22 and 3,000 F-35.
The USA is 1/3 the size it should be, needs at least 60 active Brigades.
The USN is 1/3 the size it should be, with 1/2 the CVNs SSNs and amphibs, 1/3 the CG/DDGs, and new conventional SS, LCS, and support ships are needed.
It really is that bad.
The US should normally have 1% of its adult population in uniform on active duty with 6-7% GDP devoted to National Defense.