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December 06, 2018

The Morning Rant: Middle School Edition

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[Punk Monkey is having his studs polished and his anal glands expressed, and will be back next week]

Hmmm...maybe the Pentagon should keep better records so we know exactly where our money is going! Because while I am all for a large capable armed forces that can win wars and successfully complete other missions, I would prefer that they spend their money wisely. And while they are at it, how about some realistic weapons procurement programs that recognize future needs and don't simply respect the status quo and even worse, feather the beds of the favored.

F35 and LCS come to mind...

Why the U.S. Military Is In Serious Trouble

The report of the National Defense Strategy Commission, released Wednesday, reaches conclusions with profound implications for U.S. national security. The report itself is a rarity for Washington, presenting bipartisan consensus that reflects hard-hitting views rather than watered-down, lowest-common-denominator mush.

In sixty-four pages of plain language, the commission paints an extraordinarily troubling picture of the state of U.S. national defenses, calling our present situation a "grave crisis" demanding "extraordinary urgency." Itís a call we should heed.

Even worse than an incredibly wasteful and inefficient Pentagon is their apparent inability to plan...anything.
With five potential adversaries to account for, the report observes, a “two-war force sizing construct makes more strategic sense today that at any previous point in the post-Cold War era.” Yet the NDS used only a one-war force sizing construct with an additional undefined ability to “deter” another opponent. Essentially, that construct provides no capability to deter an opportunistic adversary who sees the U.S. engaged in one regional conflict. Moreover, it provides no ability to suffer combat losses or to maintain any forward presence in any area other than the conflict zone.
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