Significant Barriers to War Readiness of the U.S. Military

On Tuesday, 15 March, leaders from each of the four military services briefed Congress on the state of readiness of the U.S. military.  Each of the service leaders identified significant barriers to war readiness of the U.S. military.  There are some alarming revelations presented by each of the four services.  Forward Observer judges that U.S. competitiveness is being eroded due to both budget cuts and significant increases in military spending by U.S. near-peers like Russia and China.  Detailed problems with each of the four services follow.

In this Dispatch…

  • How budget cuts affect the readiness and force modernization for each of the four services.
  • The low percentage of Army units ready for combat operations.
  • Where the Marine Corps is focusing its resources to deal with the effects of sequestration.
  • The alarmingly large percentage of USMC intelligence and communications battalions that would be unable to fulfill their obligations to support combat operations.
  • The percentage of Air Force units not ready for sustained combat operations.
  • The original source documents containing this open source intelligence information.
  • And more…

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Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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