National Defense Strategy Commission Report Advices Trump To Boost Military Budget To Solve Problems Faced By US Armed Forces

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National Defense Strategy Commission Report Advices Trump To Boost Military Budget To Solve Problems Faced By US Armed Forces

IMAGE: AFP 2018 / JUNG Yeon-Je

US military superiority “has eroded to a dangerous degree,” with “grave and lasting” consequences unless Washington undertakes swift action to reverse the adverse effect by increasing the Pentagon’s funding, according to a new reported ordered by the Congress.

The report was released on November 14th, by the presumably independent National Defense Strategy Commission. According to it the US has reached a “crisis of national security” due to a combination of political, financial and international issues and might struggle to win if faced with numerous conflicts at the same time.

The so-called independent commission is comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress in July 2017, as ordered in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. It suggested a vast reshaping of the US military to be able to compete with Beijing and Moscow in the Cold War scenario the US itself created.

“The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict,” the report states. “It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia. The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”

The report also claimed that it would be “unwise and irresponsible not to expect adversaries to attempt debilitating kinetic, cyber, or other types of attacks against Americans at home” while also fighting the US military overseas.

“U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe,” it read.

According to the report a combination of problems led to an emergency in US national security. Competitors and mainly Russia and China “are pursuing determined military buildups aimed at neutralizing U.S. strengths.”

The threats from Iran and North Korea were also mentioned as significant, since they have “developed more advanced weapons and creatively employed asymmetric tactics,” such as using intimidation and coercion.

The report also mentions dangers posed by transnational threat organizations such as radical jihadist groups have evolved and intensified, with the proliferation of advanced technology around the world “allowing more actors to contest U.S. military power in more threatening ways.”

“The United States thus is in competition and conflict with an array of challengers and adversaries,” the report claimed.

The report further blames “political dysfunction and decisions made by both major political parties,” mostly for the creation of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which led to reductions in the planned defense spending.

The commission also formally reviewed the National Defense Strategy (NDS), which the Trump administration released in January 2018. The bill was meant to drive future defense spending requests and laid out the Department of Defense’s future strategy.

The NDS is expected to strongly influence the Fiscal Year 2020 defense spending bill, which would likely focus on innovation and modernization, focused on potential conflicts with Russia and China and less on the Middle East.

The commission deemed the NDS “a broadly constructive document that identifies most of the right objectives and challenges.” However, it was also “deeply concerned that the Department of Defense and the nation as a whole have not yet addressed crucial issues such as force sizing, developing innovative operational concepts, readiness, and resources with the degree of urgency, persistence, and analytic depth that an increasingly dangerous world demands.”

The report also warned that the NDS “too often rests on questionable assumptions and weak analysis,” and is not adequately resourced.

“We believe that the NDS points the Department of Defense and the country in the right direction, but it does not adequately explain how we should get there,” the report claimed.

Overall, the way “to get there,” is expectedly to increase funding for the Pentagon. Available resources are clearly insufficient to fulfill the strategy’s ambitious goals, including that of ensuring that DOD can defeat a major-power adversary while deterring other enemies simultaneously.”

The report also warned that Pentagon saving funds by organizational reform is a bad strategy, rather it should really just receive more funding so that it can focus on both nuclear and conventional modernization simultaneously and fix long-accumulating readiness shortfalls.

Thus, the actual common issues in the US military were left completely unaddressed in the report and the solution to the presented threats was just to increase funding. There was no mention of a need of any sort of overhaul or restructuring. There was no mention of the endless requirements of increased funding for the F-35 program, which continues to show numerous problems, as well as the $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, which was delivered without elevators and is also becoming a money pit.

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  • Vince Dhimos

    Hey, how about they just stop provoking Russia and China? Huh?

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The US dopers already spend over a $1 trillion on the military, CIA and police state, more than Russia, China, India and most the world combined and have bankrupted their indebted economy. A cold war with China and Russia will hasten US decline as Chinese economy is not USSR and can outspend the US corrupt military in a very cost effective manner. The Chinese do not pay $1200 for a plastic toilet seat for their aircraft carriers or $40 for rubber gloves.

      • so

        Digging our own hole.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    haha US losers already spend more on weapons, wars, the cowardly fat military and terrorism than the whole world combined. No wonder US has third world quality of life and decreasing life span of the trailer trash. Yes please spend more on $3000 toilet seats and $140 a gallon gasoline, thanks to corruption in the military and siphoning off by officers. Not to mention the billions of charity the Zionist scum mooch off.

  • Redadmiral

    We need more money for our home grown military because all the fuckin proxies we have been supporting in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Venezuela and all those other places we try not to talk about have failed to do what we paid them to do. So, we are going to have to terrorise the world in a more up front manner ourselves. We can no longer stand idly by and allow China, Russia, Iran and other fukin go-it-aloners to do their own fukin thing. We have to let them know in no uncertain terms that this is our fukin planet and they either submit or we will kill the whole fukin lot of them. Even if we destroy it. If we cant have the Lot we will Nuke those Ruskies and their Chinkie pals 100 fold.

    • Long Johnathan

      You’re speaking like a war mongering asshole in Washington, much like McCain. How in gods name can someone logically believe that the world just belongs to the US and if we can’t have it “all” a nuclear war should happen?

      • Redadmiral

        Indeed. It is called satirical parody, that is, I am parodying in a satirical fashion what all those psychopathic maniacs in Washington are screaming behind closed doors. Then when they speak in the HoR or the Senate their mealy mouthed words talk of defending our great nation against foreign aggressors,For example; The Russians in Crimea and Syria or the Chinese patrolling their own seas in their own home built ships. Et cetera, so forth and so on….

  • Nosferatu

    Budget 716 000 000 000. Do they really think that what they need is more money?

    • so

      Anything but affordable healthcare for all, livable wages, infrastructure repair, mass transit etc.etc. etc. Sometimes it hard for me to accept just how stupid and greedy my countrymen have become.

    • You can call me Al

      They are USA, USA, USA – they have been trained well to live by the shekel.

  • KennyB

    It never occurs to them to ask a few pertinent questions:
    1. Why have a war with Russia and/or China at all?
    2. How much would it cost to just defend US territory and not try to dominate the world?
    3. Will all this spending on making war destroy the US domestic economy?
    4. If the US domestic economy is destroyed, where will future US military spending come from?
    5. When the über-rich get on their jets in the Nevada desert to escape to their bunkers in New Zealand, will they be taking the Generals with them?

    • Garga

      Asking pertinent questions is for pu$$ies, real men smash and kill, or maybe throw more money at problems.

      America f##k yeah!

  • Merijn

    That was the whole point U.S. to hollow out the Army and create a bunch of LBGTQI-Army of Looting Massmurdering Psychopaths….The Elites are suckin’ You Bonedry until you have become a defenseless Bankrupt Nation in Crisis….from this Crisis evolves Chaos & the Elites will offer Their Peace, Order & Stability….

  • Jesus

    US thinks they have the best armed forces because they have the biggest defense budget, with that mindset their DOD got trapped into believing a delusion. Jewish Hollywood only reinforced that delusion.

    • Long Johnathan

      We still have the best, for now, but that state is dwindling. And with the complete erosion of the US population itself, new generations of military personnel will increasingly be idiotic lazy shit bags.

      • You can call me Al

        Sorry I misunderstood, you still have the best what ?, the planes crash, the ships hit rocks or tankers and the army are overweight LGBT.

      • so

        Keep sleeping.

    • lokilasher

      Jews cause more trouble than the USA wants to admit.

  • Empire’s Frontiers

    No amount of money, FRNs no less, will make up for the lack of good and courageous men.

    • so

      Bingo! The source of my countries problem. Me and my family first and screw everyone else. Fear Fear Fear.

  • Barba_Papa

    As usual the modus operandi seems to be to throw more money at the problem. Because that always solves the problem?

  • Tommy Jensen

    The problems US is facing is due to our Allies refusing to pay the money needed for freedom, thus leaving the burden on defense and peace on American shoulders.

    EU must pay more, E-Europe must pay more, ME must pay more, Japan and S. Korea must pay more.

    In case YOU are not willing to pay more for peace, YOU will feel the pain and YOUR family and children will suffer, meaning YOU will be the cause of WWIII because YOU refused to give your part to America.