Thursday, December 8, 2016
U.S. Military on the ‘Brink of Collapse’
At Lifesette by Brendan Kirby --
Forget about the longtime standard of a military capable of fighting two major wars simultaneously, which the United States abandoned four years ago. The current military would have trouble fighting one major conflict.
That is the assessment of some prominent defense experts, who contend the military has degraded to dangerous levels after eight years under President Obama.
We have lost our edge,” said Daniel Goure, senior vice president of the Lexington Institute. “We are no longer technologically superior in a whole list of areas … This is a military that is on the brink of collapse.”
That assessment, echoed by others, suggests President-Elect Donald Trump faces major challenges in fulfilling his campaign promise to rebuild America’s military. Trump addressed the issue again this week in a North Carolina speech in which he introduced his choice for defense secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis.