The United States may no longer be the military powerhouse it thought to be as top military officials expressed concerns over the country’s capabilities to fight Russia and North Korea. If ever Washington will be faced in a super-war against the two countries then it might just lose thanks to lack of resources and training. Is the United States going downhill?
Top military officials in the United States said that they are gravely concerned if the country can hold its own against other superpowers. America’s readiness for combat may not be at par with what was previously thought of.
“(The Army) is not at the levels that can execute satisfactorily … in terms of time, cost in terms of casualties or cost in terms of military objectives,” Reuters quoted U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley (via MSN) when he talked in front of the House Armed Services Committee hearing. This concern was echoed by Air Force Secretary Deborah James. According to the official, around 50 percent of her combat forces are not “prepared” enough to fight powers like Russia.
“Money is helpful for readiness but freeing up the time of our people to go and do this training is equally important,” Express quoted the official.
The concerns may come at a likely time as Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force Space Command, claimed that the U.S. space systems is at risk. The threat to the system has reached a different level of tipping point with China and Russia suspected to launch attacks on U.S. military and intelligence satellites.
“Adversaries are developing kinetic, directed-energy, and cyber tools to deny, degrade, and destroy our space capabilities,” The Washington Free Beacon quoted Hyten in his statement before the House Armed Service strategic forces subcommittee hearing.
“They understand our reliance on space, and they understand the competitive advantage we derive from space. The need for vigilance has never been greater,” the four-star general added.