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For the first time the Heritage Foundation’s index of American military strength has ranked us as ‘weak’. The index warns that the Army “remains ‘weak’ in capacity with only 62 percent of the force it should have”. And even the Army has admitted that it has missed its recruiting target by 10,000 personnel which is expected to climb to over 20,000 by the end of the next fiscal year.
As Heritage and the Wall Street Journal note, “From 2005 to 2020, the U.S. fleet grew to 296 warships from 291, while China’s navy grew to 360 from 216.” The Navy however is focused on inclusion and diversity. The situation at the Air Force is much worse with the Heritage report warning that “the munitions stockpile” would probably “not support a peer-level fight that lasted more than a few weeks”. But the Air Force is also focused on diversity and inclusion.
The Navy is rated as very weak in capacity and weak in readiness. The Air Force ranks as very weak due to “problems with pilot production and retention, an extraordinarily small amount of time in the cockpit for pilots, and a fleet of aircraft that continues to age”. The Heritage index warns that “there is little doubt that it would struggle in war with a peer competitor”.
The Space Force is described as weak because “there is little evidence that the USSF has improved its readiness to provide nearly real-time support to operational and tactical levels of force operations or that it is ready in any way to execute defensive and offensive counterspace operations.”
Only the Marine Corps is rated as strong. Even our nuclear capabilities are slipping with “Russia and China are aggressively expanding the types and quantities of nuclear weapons in their inventories. Nearly all components of the nuclear enterprise are at a tipping point with respect to replacement or modernization and have no margin left for delays in schedule.”
It’s no coincidence that the ‘wokest’ service branches also show up as the weakest.
The takeaway from the Heritage report that “the current U.S. military force is at significant risk of not being able to meet the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities” should be a grave warning and a wake up call.
Anyone worried about these numbers will find scant comfort in Biden’s new National Security Strategy released earlier in October. The NSS is supposed to define an administration’s vision. And Biden’s NSS is depressingly faithful to the woke obsessions that have made us so weak.
The National Security Strategy asserts that “we have broken down the dividing line between foreign policy and domestic policy”. America’s strength lay in a dividing line between foreign and domestic policy. Weak, troubled and totalitarian nations conflate the two. As does Biden.
That dividing line meant that America could aggressively confront foreign enemies abroad while maintaining civil liberties at home. The Biden administration, like its Obama predecessors, has insisted on conflating domestic and international political conflicts, defining the domestic opposition as a “threat to democracy” on the same spectrum as foreign autocratic regimes.
Without the dividing line, the Biden administration is free to insist that the welfare state, its corrupt green subsidies and every single leftist agenda item are actually part of our national security strategy. The NSS even defines Biden’s open borders as “investing in our people”.
Wokeness is at the heart of the NSS with the assertion that “we are building on the work of generations of activists to advance equity and root out systemic disparities in our laws, policies, and institutions. Indeed, pluralism, inclusion, and diversity are a source of national strength in a rapidly changing world.” This same rhetoric about DEI has been rolled into military doctrine so that unprecedented military weakness appears like a strength because it’s a diverse weakness.
Racial and identity politics quotas are also national security. Or as the NSS asserts, “Prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to ensure national security institutions reflect the American public they represent.”
Tellingly, “modernizing and strengthening our military” comes at the very end of the second subsection behind agenda items like Biden’s corrupt special interest giveaways, and, most damningly, “strengthening our democracy”. Only a totalitarian banana republic would include attacks on domestic opponents in its national security strategy. And that, sadly, is what we have.
“As Americans, we must all agree that the people’s verdict, as expressed in elections, must be respected and protected,” the NSS pointedly jabs, before reciting talking points about federal takeovers of elections and the need for “critical reforms continue to be needed to strengthen our system of governance.” Defining political opponents as a national security threat and the lack of legislation favoring its faction’s electioneering as a national security problem is coup talk.
And the military? Modernizing the military gets a meager 5 paragraphs in a 48 page national security strategy.
The Biden NSS admits that “our competitors and potential adversaries are investing heavily in new nuclear weapons. By the 2030s, the United States for the first time will need to deter two major nuclear powers, each of whom will field modern and diverse global and regional nuclear forces.”
The good news is that the Biden regime will be “taking further steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our strategy and pursuing realistic goals for mutual, verifiable arms control”.
And the concluding plan for the military, as summed up in the final paragraph is to “strengthen the effectiveness of the force by promoting diversity and inclusion” and “rooting out violent extremism”.
Biden’s National Security Strategy for strengthening and modernizing the military is to impose political tests, purge political opponents and appease foreign enemies. It’s no wonder that Putin and Xi look at this administration and begin making moves on Ukraine or Taiwan.
The NSS isn’t the document of a world power, but of a declining nation squabbling with itself, but incapable and unwilling to assert any kind of meaningful presence at home or abroad.
The National Security Strategy is fixated on the endless bureaucratic lists of global internationalism. It’s European in its view of the United States as benefiting most from a globalist system “governed by the UN charter” rather than taking independent action for its own interests.
The NSS names China and Russia as threats, but remains too fixated on fighting conservatives at home to take foreign threats seriously. And so the NSS Global Priorities section concludes with warnings that the real threat comes from “a range of domestic violent extremists, including those motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice, as well as antigovernment or anti-authority sentiment”. It urges “Congress to advance commonsense gun laws and policies” and address “the crisis of disinformation and misinformation”. Which is to say, speech it doesn’t like.
Having eliminated the “dividing line between foreign policy and domestic policy”, the Biden administration now treats Americans like foreign enemies and makes domestic woke obsessions, like global warming and equity, into the pivot of our foreign policy. The military is there to be made “diverse” and inclusive” while being completely unready to fight and win.
The Heritage Index and the Biden National Security Strategy are documents that come from wildly different worlds. The NSS is a vision of a world where most things can be solved with meetings and equity while the Index warns that if we face a war against a serious military power, we could lose or at the very least suffer casualties and severe setbacks beyond what we expect.
It’s been a long time since our military has been this weak. And it’s never been this woke.
The two reports warn us in different ways that we are at risk of losing a war if we end up in one. We’re not ready for a serious fight and if history is anything to go by, that is exactly when we are likely to find ourselves in a war.
“Diversity is our strength” has been the US government mantra at least from the 1990s, a mantra to which no objection is allowed.
True. That has always been the secret sauce of US power. The ability to attract the best and brightest from virtually every country in the World with freedom and fair pay is what has always made your country strong. Fact!
I do not understand very well, however, what exactly the current clique in power in Washington means by “diversity”. I sense a dissonance…
Even the “best and brightest” can be psychologically alienated from the majority culture and the founding ethos and conception of the country…then work to undermine it. That is what has been happening since the early part of the 20th century and now it’s coming to fruition.
A fatal dissonance. The socialist powers that be have turned it on its’ head.
Elizabeth Crouse says
As a military wife, we are hurting with this administration. Going on base is sad.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Weakening them to the point where the only thing they will be useful for is suppressing the civilian population.
And even that is doubtful
Jeff Bargholz says
That’s their plan. Bareback Obama wanted to but never got the chance because even Mr Untouchable knew he could get away with only so much without a viable pretext. Alzheimer Joe’s handlers think they can contrive a pretext and get away with it.
I’m sure they’ll fail, though. There’s too much opposition, even from the military branches they want to use as enforcers.
Even if the military is thoroughly compromised and would not hesitate to attack civilians, we would presumably not be stupid enough to give them any excuses to. But given the government use of agents provocateurs that could just be wishful thinking on my part.
That last sentence is the joker in the deck.
If the U.S. Army refuses to shoot us, the govt will bring in mercenaries from China, Belgium, wherever who will be happy to shoot us.
P.J. Clairvoyant says
It’s strong enough to herd us all to the gas chambers, and that’s all that counts. Ukrainians will do the rest.
Fritz the Cat says
The Air Farce is dead. The USMC always lives on. USN questionable. We’ll always need the Army.
After the incompetent buck-toothed peanut farmer, Clinton/Gore left the military at its lowest point ever.
Obama was an anti-military disaster, Trump did what he could, and this woke idiot is putting the final nails in the JCS’s coffin.
All this is happening at a time when the global threat is worse than ever.
If we don’t turn the table 11/8, game over.
The only hope is a complete divestment of power from the federal gov.
Unless you do that, every psychopath out there is going to make a beeline for the fedgov and their policies are going to become more and more vicious and insane
That means no CIA, no FBI, no NASA, no Dept of Education, no NEA, no “homeland security”, reduce the number of carriers, no medicaid, no medicare (400 billion a year), no student loans of any kind, no university subsidies of any kind,
no more social security for anyone not already paid in, and for whoever is paid in, they get back what they were promised but are not expected to do more
Unless you this, the machine will not stop. And it will be intentionally ised to grind us down and rule us
That all sounds good. But what do we do with all the unemployed Nazis in the federal agencies? Sheltered workshops? They’ve never done an honest day’s work in their lives.
They’ll get jobs like everyone else.
Your question is like asking “but what will the mafia do if they can’t rip people off?”
The Democrats are delusional in so many of their policies. Why not national security, as well?
Yes and there lies Our Biggest to stay alive problem. Where Does Money come from to Build Back up Our Military, when there are so many Other problems for American citizens ( that are Patriotic & love America). It is so TRUE that America’s Fighting Machine Can’t handle one War, much less two. Also I being Former Combat Marine, Vietnam, I Could Not Stomach Milley or the other two Sick officers at top one or maybe both wearing dresses, I wanna Throw up! The Distruction of the Academys. All I can say is this addmin. has the East Coast close to eating Russian gulash, the West Coast eating Chinese chop suey, Midwest eating whatever the Mexico Cartels are having. Very True from one respondent, 11/8 is MAKE or BREAK for Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness.
Kynarion Hellenis says
“That dividing line meant that America could aggressively confront enemies at home while maintaining civil liberties at home.”
I wonder if an editor missed “confront enemies at home” when it should have been “abroad.” It could be that Mr. Greenfield is emphasizing that we have enemies at home who are growing in number and power?
Horace Yo says
Reread it. It says “confront enemies abroad.”
Kynarion Hellenis says
Our military has been ruthlessly vaccinated with the mRNA Covid vaccines. Along with all the ideological hostility they must endure, adding the long-lasting threat to physical well-being isn’t helping, either.
As it turns out, appealing to the .001 percent of the population who are binary or trans is not a great strategy for recruitment.
Horace Yo says
“Binary” means humans are either male or female, So binary means “two forms” or normal. “trans” is neither male nor female, probably mutilated mentally and physically, therefore unrealistic and screwed up and destroyed or abnormal. Trans types hate binary.
Tom Morrow says
Diversity is the polar opposite of the concept of “e pluribus unum”. “E pluribus unum” means the strength is found by uniting diverse people to support a common goal. Because unity is where strength is found, regardless of the diverse origins of the people who unite. Diversity idiocy forces people to look upon others as different and alien because their skin is a different color, they have different religions or have different origins. What gets lost in this moronic cacophony is the actual goal of the organization.
It’s bad enough when that happens to a private business. But when the military loses its focus and expends all its energy into this mental navel-gazing onanism, what suffers is our national security. And since the US national security essentially underpins the security of Europe and other democratic industrial states, when our ability deteriorates, so too does the security of free peoples around the globe deteriorate.
Why Democrats don’t care about this is beyond comprehension. That Democrat voters don’t care about this is because they are myopic and stupid.
Jeff Bargholz says
Yes, unity is our strength and diversity/division is our weakness. That’s demonstrated on a daily basis.
We the People have a Good Chance to PURGE the democrat party Almost OUT of Existence. We have 4 years of Trump, 8 years of DeSantis, and a whole host of young Candidates, of which could be, Abbott, Cotton, who knows, they were some that came to mind, and then ( MY APOLOGIES) at Least 4 Woman with GOOD Creditials, as well as STRONG!!
Since High school and in the military in the Carter years I have known the Leftists goal has been to make the US military the equal of the world’s mediocre armies
I was told the horror stories, by my NCOs in the mid to late 80s in The Army.
Jeff Bargholz says
And extremely illegal.
Mo de Profit says
Diversity= division and socialist elites have no purpose unless they have a division. Class, race, gender, colour, hair length, they will use anything.
It started when they started making basic training c0-ed. No red- blooded male wants that. Morale killer and recruitment nightmare.
Time to reinstate the draft.
This could be one of the uses that the democratic party has in mind for illegal immigrants. Offer them a choice of expulsion or induction.
Billy Corr says
Yes! A stark choice: “Sign up at once or you return to the bread queue in Venezuela, Franco!”
JEANETTE FOSSUM says
I agree with all who texted in, this administration, media, libs are not playing with full decks.
God bless the rest of us!
There is no room for a woke military. Interview every top ranking officer and NCO if they think their is a place for wokeness in the military fire, they get half pay and half benefits.
The DOD recently announced that all the armed services can’t even meet 60% of their recruiting goals. So, to fix the problem they are drastically reducing physical standards and even minimum intelligence standards. I always thought the Military was the last bastion of American ideals and the last meritocracy. They’ve already corrupted all the other three letter agencies (the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS, the DOE) and now Lloyd Austin and General Milley are transforming the Department of Defense (the DOD). The communist takeover from within is near complete.
First, they embarked on a campaign to find and oust Trump supporters. Even with massive shortfalls they are discharging over a hundred thousand (including elite Navy Seals and Army Rangers) who won’t get vaccinated. Milley testified before Congress about “white rage” and now they have CRT training, promote transgenderism and run recruiting ads with rainbow bullets on Marine’s helmets. Our military is certainly “diverse” but our all volunteer military is actually 58% White, 17% Black, 16% Asian and 9% “other”. Why on earth would any patriotic young white American want to serve anymore in a Military that teaches that he is an “oppressor” and a racist. Already in a staffing crisis, it will become catastrophic.
El bochie says
Ronald Reagan, one of our best presidents ever, said it correctly “Peace through strength, verified”
This article is terrifying. what will happen when China invades Taiwan and the US response is ” Hey, fellas, c’mon, cut it out…”?
Tex the Mockingbird says
Cut back on National Defense so they the Democrats can build Democrat Voter Registration Centers on the Southern Border and take down the Fence/Wall
I notice that the article doesn’t even address the fact that thousands of military personel, the best, brightest, strongest and most patriotic have been forced out over the convid jab.
These are the people that CAN THINK that the military really needs.
I know of a large number that have not reinlisted and officers, many of them experienced pilots, that have resigned because of the jab mandate.
And that doesn’t even address the fact that a large number of possible recruits refuse to talk to the recruiters because of the jab mandate and the woke ideolgy being pushed.
The ratio of doers (actual fighters in combat units and heavy lifters in support units) to helpers in the military has become skewed so that there is no longer enough. Units, ships and squadrons have little to no combat power because those who joined in the past to fight and work are no longer joining.
Every unit has dead weight as well: those who neither do, nor help, yet cannot be gotten rid of due to the unit functioning primarily as a social program.
Billy Corr says
Scores of young male Albanians are landing on the south coast of England every day.
The military attache of the U S Embassy in London could set up a recruiting stand.
And how about recruiting the Haitians and Venezuelans flooding across the U S border from Mexico?
Ugly Sid says
Suggestions for those wishing to restore our army.
Shrink, but do not close, West Point.
Turn all decisions regarding traditions, [ like the E3 insignia, really? A staff private? Have you lost your minds? ] over to E7s and 8s. E9s are hopeless kissasses. Good NCOs get out at SFC, 1SGt or MSGT [ note the four characters, not three. ] And include the mustangs, commissioned officers who came up through the ranks. They are the Army’s finest.
WACs belong in organic WAC battalions, not sprinkled with the men. I shouldn’t have to explain why.
IV Corps River Rat says
Today is Armistice Day so don’t forget the silent army of veterans who don’t have to report to Milley or any other traitorous officers who have publicly stated that they will advise our adversaries if we are launching attacks on them! I was never relieved of that Oath I took when I enlisted and I’m sure all veterans who read this were not relieved of theirs either. Just sayin’!!!