Thursday, November 17, 2016

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Rated ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Report


-- Moscow is a “formidable” potential adversary while the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in meeting today’s requirements, according to a new report from the Heritage Foundation released on Wednesday.
Specifically, in Heritage’s 2017 Index of Military Strength, the Navy was ranked “marginal” in its ability to meet operational requirements, “strong” in readiness and “weak” in capability due to by aging platforms and troubled modernization programs and “marginal” in being able to meet operational requirements.
The report rated the Marine Corps as “marginal” because of its continued high operating tempo and low funding.
“As was the case in preceding years, the Index assess that the Corps has only two-thirds of the combat units that it actually needs, especially when accounting for expanded requirements” including cyber and crisis response forces,” read the report.

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