Maginnis: U.S. military must stay far ahead of our enemies

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Chinese soldiers marchingA national defense analyst says the United States will eventually fall behind adversaries China and Russia if Congress fails to adequately fund and equip our armed forces.

President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget calls for  a $750 billion Department of Defense budget, a four percent increase over 2019.

The proposed budget includes $165 billion for an overseas contingency fund, and the president wants $8.6 billion to construct over 300 miles of border wall.

Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the United States must maintain an edge of its adversaries who are working hard to catch up.

Maginnis

“Whether its hypersonic weapons or drones, or drone submarines and ballistic missiles that Putin is putting together, or the Chinese artificial intelligence,” Maginnis says of America’s enemies.

OneNewsNow has reported the U.S. armed forces shrunk under the Obama administration to pre-World War II levels: the U.S. Air Force grounded approximately 500 aircraft due to budget cuts and the U.S. Army watched soldiers head for the exits.   

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy determined a whopping two-thirds of its fighter jets were unable to fly after it endured a $7 billion budget cut in 2016, Defense News reported at the time.

U.S. Navy Hornets on carrierReporting on the Trump budget request this week, the U.S. Naval Institute says the budget includes a Virginia-class submarine and a missile destroyer, and also steers money to improve aviation readiness, ship readiness, and recruitment and retention.

After the U.S. has spent billions fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Maginnis says it’s “absolutely necessary” for the United States to invest in what he calls “peer-capability” to stay ahead of Russia and China.

The New York Post reported in 2015 that China’s generals believe they can beat the better-equipped United States in war --- a plan called “Assassin’s Mace” --- which means that any Chinse advances that close the gap only strengthens the belief that strategic strikes can cripple the U.S. armed forces. China is notorious for stealing U.S. military secrets. 

That story quoted a longtime China military expert who said he and many others had been duped by the Chinese for decades only to realize that Chinese leaders had lied to and manipulated their U.S. counterparts to give China more time to close the technology gap.

 

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