Military status as of today..?
We are writing this as any kind of warning, or even as a precursor to President Obama’s legacy, we elected to write on this topic for several other reasons. The first is our national security; secondly, is our readiness should it be another nuclear equipped nation, or otherwise if it is not; consequently, third and perhaps the most important, is how ready are our fighting military personnel — meaning of course mentally or are they aware of what they are going to war for at all. How ready are our troops say if many cities in this country like, Omaha, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Boise, and the outskirts of Chicago were hit in a nuclear strike by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea?
One must not ever overlook the attitude and morale of the United States soldiers. Albeit the black ops soldiers, Navy SEALS, Green Berets, to the very lowest (God forbid there is such a hierarchy); furthermore, we should never forget about our Reservists and National Guardsmen and for that matter everyone within six to ten years of their activity duty status. Once those people have fought, then comes the draft and for some reason I would not be placing my life in any deferment.
Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, constrained budgets and troop cuts have had a cumulative effect on the service.
The Army’s top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China adding in North Korea as proxy for China or Iran operating for proxy for Russia.
But what Milley describes as a “great power war” against one or two of four countries — China, Russia, Iran and North Korea — would pose greater challenges.
It is in fact General Milley the Army’s Chief of Staff that says the Army’s readiness is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people expect to defend them.
Another Observation coming from Fox News:
Navy SEAL teams don’t have enough combat rifles to go around, even as these highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to carry out counterterrorism operations and other secretive missions, according to SEALs who have confided in Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
After SEALs return from a deployment, their rifles are given to other commandos who are shipping out, said Hunter, a former Marine who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. This weapons carousel undercuts the “train like you fight” ethos of the U.S. special operations forces, they said.
Sharing rifles may seem inconsequential. It’s not. The weapons, which are outfitted with telescopic targeting sights and laser pointers, are fine-tuned to individual specifications and become intensely personal pieces of gear.
“They want their rifles,” Hunter said. “It’s their lifeline. So let them keep their guns until they’re assigned desk jobs at the Pentagon.”
Hunter wrote last month to the Naval Special Warfare Command’s leader, Rear Adm. Brian Losey, about the alleged weapon shortage and also asked him for a full accounting of how the command’s budget was spent last year. Losey has told Hunter to expect a reply by Wednesday.
Votel added that heavily used rifles need to undergo maintenance and that may be contributing to the perception of a shortage. But “we’ll certainly take immediate action,” Votel said, if it’s determined the combat readiness of the SEALs is being degraded.
Delays of as long as three to four years paralyze the acquisition system, the SEAL said. Once an item has finally been approved for purchase, new and better gear may be available, triggering the same lengthy screening process to see if it’s worth getting instead.
Ammunition also is in short supply for training, the SEAL said, because the bulk of it is being used for combat missions.