The U.S. military is going through a funding crises in the wake of leftover Obama Administration policies.
In 2011, the Obama Administration needed to rework the federal budget after the government hit a debt ceiling.
The White House under Barack Obama’s control obviously wasn’t going to curb constantly increasing debt through increased spending. The administration needed to cut funding for something to reduce public outcry over new government projects. So they decided to hurt the U.S. Armed Forces.
Under Obama’s watch, the government drastically reduced spending on national defense, a plan which would continue to drain military resources into the 2020s. Military operations, meanwhile, were kept at a high workload.
Heritage Foundation expert Dakota Wood writes on War On The Rocks what that means for the future of America’s military readiness:
In 2011, the United States faced a federal budget crisis. The government had hit its debt ceiling, yet needed to accommodate a mounting annual budget deficit. The two major political parties were at an impasse on how to authorize more debt while somehow slowing the annual growth in federal spending.
Enter the Budget Control Act of 2011. It was intended to incentivize the parties to reduce federal budget growth by legislating mandatory cuts so painful — to the country’s security, in particular — that the parties would find some compromise in their positions that would allow them to avoid such harsh consequences. The effort to compromise failed, and the cuts became law, drastically reducing spending on defense through the early 2020s. Meanwhile, operational employment of the military was kept at high levels, accelerating the consumption and degradation of equipment, supplies, and people […]
The military is now in a death spiral: too small for its workload; underfunded to repair and replace the equipment it is rapidly wearing out; ill-served by obsolescent critical infrastructure at its ports, bases, and airfields, and increasingly unready for the rigors and scope of a major conventional conflict should the United States find itself drawn into one, which has happened every 20 years or so with frightful regularity since the Civil War.
Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, until recently the vice chief of staff of the Army, has testified that only “one-third of our BCTs [brigade combat teams], one-fourth of our combat aviation brigades, and half of our division headquarters” are considered ready. Currently, of the Army’s 31 brigade combat teams only three would be available to immediately deploy to a conflict. As recently as 2012, the Army had 45 brigade combat teams and nearly the entire Army was involved in the rotational base supporting combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The best defense the Left can come up with is some pathetic worming around the issue, claiming it was worth it for the former administration because Obama needed to make room for his government overreach projects.
Leftists argue that diminishing the Armed Forces is acceptable in a world that no longer requires the spending on military might the U.S. saw after 9/11.
But the truth is that if we lag behind, our competitors and our enemies will smell our weakness. Iran and North Korea already laugh at U.N. sanctions against them and their weapons programs. And while U.S. forces struggle for funding, China and Russia surge ahead.
The Daily Caller reports:
Meanwhile, China has increased its spending on defense over 650 percent since the early 1990s. Beijing is rapidly building a blue-water navy and fielding a fifth-generation stealth fighter to compete with America’s F-22.
Russia continues to occupy Ukraine and to actively support separatist rebels carving out territory in the southeast of the country. It has salvaged the tyrannical regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and actively threatens NATO membersin the north of Europe.
North Korea has become a nuclear power and is closing in on its goal of possessing missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to any spot on the planet. It can already hit the United States. Iran sustains its support of terror groups such as Hizballah and has worked to undermine effective governance in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. An assortment of odious terrorist groups continues to ravage portions of the Middle East and Africa.
U.S. troops protects this country and work as a force for good overseas.
Our military deserves better than the disaster plan the Obama Administration left it with.