The Romans had a saying that if you want peace, prepare for war. The U.S. Army is having trouble following that dictum because its budget for buying new weapons has been slashed by three-quarters during the Obama years. As a result, Russian forces in Eastern Europe now outclass the Army in a number of areas such as electronic warfare, antitank capabilities, air defense and indirect fires. The only way to convince Moscow that America is prepared to fight and win a war is to invest more heavily in the kinds of weapons that will carry the day. The Army could meet all of its urgent modernization needs with one more day of federal spending per year – about $11 billion. The goal here isn’t to remake America’s Army – it is to be prepared for a conflict that might break out only two or three years from now. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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