America’s military-industrial complex is unable to produce weapons fast enough to protect allies.
Written by Lucas Leiroz, journalist, researcher at the Center for Geostrategic Studies, geopolitical consultant.
America’s desire of war may be hindered by its own ability to produce weapons. According to an important American politician, the country would not be able to produce weapons fast enough to protect its allies in a conflict scenario. The report comes after several analysts commented on the unsustainability of Washington’s warmongering. It remains to be seen whether the evident weakness of the defense industry will be sufficient reason to change the government’s pro-war policy.
According to the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House, Michael McCaul, the military industrial sector is unable to produce weapons “fast enough” to guarantee the security of partner states. The parliamentarian mentioned the example of Taiwan, with which Washington has a series of military agreements. McCaul told a media outlet during an interview that he “signed off on weapons three years ago that have yet to go into [the] country”. In addition, he says that Taiwan is “incapable of fighting their own war if invaded.”
The politician criticized the fact that the agreements signed by the US are time consuming, always established in the long term, and even having multiple delays. For him, it would be necessary to keep production at constant levels, always sending weapons to the allies, thus ensuring that they are prepared for possible war situations. In this sense, continuing on the topic of Taiwan, McCaul also stressed the importance of safeguarding Taipei has enough weapons to defend itself against a “Chinese invasion”.
“When we sell an ally or somebody like Taiwan our foreign military sales…why does it take three years? Why don’t we have any weapons systems in [the] country right now to provide a deterrent to Chairman Xi from invading? Because, the fact is, we don’t. And I don’t think [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] can answer that question other than to say our defense industrial base system is broken and we can’t make these weapons fast enough”, McCaul said during the interview.
McCaul’s words are important because they endorse an analysis that has been made by several military experts, who point out that Washington is not capable of simultaneously protecting all of its allies. The situation has become particularly serious with the Ukrainian conflict. Due to the systematic sending of weapons to Kiev, Americans and Europeans are running out of stocks and endangering their own defense arsenals, thus making their ability to help other nations in possible conflict situations very questionable.
The policy of military support for the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev is creating a vicious cycle in the American defense industry. The country is depleting its stockpiles and replenishing them just in order to send even more weapons to Ukrainian forces, not worrying to maintain sufficient strategic reserves to guarantee its own security and that of the non-Ukrainian partners. Currently, the capacity of the American defense industry is virtually restricted to the production of equipment to be used by Ukrainian soldiers, which is absolutely anti-strategic for the country.
US politicians make decisions without considering the capabilities of defense companies. These businessmen, in turn, aim at profit and want more and more military contracts to be signed, as they do not take into account what is strategically best for the US and its allies, but just want to make gains with arms production, speculation and sales.
With this, an extremely dangerous scenario is created, as the US has openly encouraged the internationalization of the Ukrainian conflict, trying to make countries like Georgia and Moldavia to join the war, as well as, in parallel, has been preparing for a possible confrontation against China in Taiwan. In this situation, the American defense industry should be strong enough to supply weapons not only to regular American troops and allies that would face China, but also to non-NATO countries that would join the conflict in Eurasia, in the same way it has been doing with Ukraine. Considering McCaul’s reports, that would certainly be unfeasible.
There are a number of explanations to understand this. As the parliamentarian mentioned, the problem is old, given that until now Taiwan has not received some weapons purchased three years ago. So, this situation did not start with Russia’s special military operation. It is something that has been developing during the last few decades. Despite trillionaire spending on defense, the US has been experiencing serious problems of corruption and embezzlement of money for clandestine activities.
Also, entrepreneurs in the military-industrial complex sometimes deliberately delay manufacturing or even retain fabricated equipment in order to raise concerns on the part of allied countries, and thus increase financial speculation over new weapons that will be launched in the future. The absence of internal organization and a cohesive strategy has generated the current institutional chaos.
It is hoped that these reports will be reason enough to convince US officials that it is not possible to keep the country active on several fronts, sending weapons in a proxy war against Russia and in parallel facing China in Asia. The military-industrial complex is extremely rich and profits from wars, but these profits do not necessarily mean a military strength for the US and its allies.
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Very biased infected version. Some is true.
If You optmize too much You dont optmize. The quality goes down too.
We see it all over the world in many sectors. Its a bad world thing.
What the world need – USA included – is better quality standards and jailing the many bad people, which goes only for profit. Only Govermenthal decissions and between many countries can improve that.
Thats what the trade wars is about too. ending cheeper products of lower quaility as the same must be stopped.
USA as well as USA try to srop that trade from fx China(and India) BUT has to remember better to clean their own productions as number one.
Huh huh huh … quote from your comment :
“Thats what the trade wars is about too. ending cheeper products of lower quaility as the same must be stopped.”
When they increase quality of life to people living in poverty, you can say to end of lower quality of cheaper products.
How you expect poor people to live in meantime ? Nobody willingly ends up to be poor, most of people living in poverty are born poor, why born poor ? Because hegemons decided on this. For years I am trying to find origins of any document under which law there are rich vs poor, there is none, it is because rich decide. You have to understand that poor people depend on cheaper products. End poverty giving to all people equal rights from time they were born, because otherwise it is selfish to think alike you do.
What industrial sector. China dwarfs NATO’s industrial sector, better be nice to Xi Jinping and let him have Taiwan peacefully or he can wreak havoc in Ukraine, the Middle East and Taiwan with limitless amounts of most cost effective weapons, systems and ammo.
what do you expect from decades of entropy? This is not some momentary crisis it has been in the making since Nixon removed the US dollar from the fixed exchange mechanisms and Paul Bilkers “controller destabilization” of the US physical economy. This goes back to the 1970’s yet the strategic crisis is discussed as if it just happened with Ukraine!!!
Nah. It started wih JFKs rotten cock and with FDR rotten pussy.
It seemes You became very inspired but on speed.
That crap is not related to that at all.
Normal people look in there homes as well as outisde. They since then has raised their and our livingstandards to a much better level.
Its not about Putin has gold under his pillow or soon zink. A lot has changed since then and most things are in plus plus.
How its related to Ukraine is hard to see unless You have an alarm clock brain with no battery.
Its typical here for too many the economic base in knowledge and behaving is still the collapsed USSR Empire as role model. So be it, but its a non clever one to compre with Our non collapsed western Economics.
Most likely You are not even allowed to have vocabulary for Our economy.
Try Harpo Marx next time. He didnt speak so much.
All world economists, and American ones except for those in the American government because they have to lie if they want to keep their jobs, give expertise that this collapse of the American economy is the result of half a century of mismanagement. Ukraine is just the final act… we are waiting for the epilogue…
Part of the reason is that members of Congress and the defense contractors steal better than 50% of the defense budget.
Whatever, drilling a hole in a piece of metal is NBD and many countries make weapons from very basic like small arms on to the Big Stuff and if the US goes bust tomorrow you can bet your firing pin that some other companies in some country will happily pick up the slack, and the check. War is a racket, and a profitable one. Someone will make the weapons and someone else will buy them, and use them.
There we go again. Old retro oppinions added by Uncle Marx and the economuíc Xpert Engels.
Its all production and not only the militaries.
ITS OUR SYSTEM.
It gives us wellfare and a longer life. But You are right. If there is need of products someone will produce them.
That goes for oil and gas as well. Russia is just no best to the price anymore and a part of Europe. We will go anywhere else and if needed prefare coal.
Thats not even news. For sure this is not about america only as well as its defence industry.
Too many things are optimized too much and optimize too much reduce the quality.
The only thing to do is make demands by the goverments. You should be able to trust Your products even You also has to pay a little more for it.
The US does not have allies, it has vassals
With the dollar collapse well on its way the yanks will be back to the economic 1970’s ohhhh happy days
Nearly a trillion dollars a year for defense budget now. The average American will soon hand the government his entire pay check if he even has a job. The globalists never miss an opportunity to loot poor and middle class Americans for their foreign wars for empire.
It’s not just the fact that the US has weaknesses but more importantly the fact that American politicians believed that they are Gods and nothing ca hurt the US…well, untill the world had enough of their bullying and now are fighting back to take away the US powers over others. Once the US officially looses the petrodollar, watch the greenback fall like it never did before. A worldwar is their only chance to keep their hegemony but then, they also need to winn for that to happen. Even Europe is realizing that the US is the worse partner for them.
Finally somebody with common sense and logic to speak out truth.
And Rocketman Kim Jong-Un made clear announcement with nuclear war because USA is pushing on UN to denuclearize North Korea.
Green screens no longer win wars. Most of the US military R&D budget has gone into private pockets, where it will stay. Instead the US bully will bluff and gather his minions.
The corrupt US military machine has bankrupted the country.
sorry, but this is not an realistic article. the us arms industry is one of the largest in the world, and still with the usd as main worlds currency and the endless fiat money printing, they will be able to produce what they want and as much they want. and also all european nato membrs are boosting theyr military expenditures and industry production.
Medvedev stated that Russia going to unleash nukes if Ukraine attacks Crimea or any russian land.
Kim Jong-Un also warned unleashing nukes if UN try to denuclearize North Korea by USA’s request ( rt reported ).
North Korea has new type of under-water missile, nuclear radio-active Tsunami, capable of spreading radio-activity, as I understood works only under-water as nuclear explosion ( source : rt ).
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