U.S. Military Becoming Hollow Force - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
U.S. Military Becoming Hollow Force
by

According to three military experts, two of whom are retired U.S. Army colonels, our nation’s military is not the superpower it used to be.

“We’re getting weaker by choice, not by circumstance,” said Baker Spring, a research fellow in National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

The focus of the Heritage Foundation presentation, titled, “The Hollow Force,” was the future of the U.S. military.

Spring, joined by Colonel Kerry Kachejian and Colonel Richard Dunn, detailed the military’s “critical shortfalls.” The military’s equipment, according to the panelists, is outdated and heavily worn from ten years of war. The troops, furthermore, are insufficiently trained and equipped.

Col. Kachejian talked about leasing commercial vehicles in Iraq while he served during the insurgency. His unit purchased after-market add-on armor from online suppliers, and hung body armor over the sides of the SUVs. The added weight was too much for the vehicles’ brakes, which wore out quickly. Kachejian compared the scenario to a “Mad Max movie.”

The military personnel and equipment are stretched by current operations alone, and are always subject to unexpected missions. Col. Dunn likened the state of our modern military to that of the recovering military post-Vietnam. Dunn said we have a different kind of hollow force from what existed in the 70s when personnel—recruitment and retainment—were a problem. Today’s problem is one of preparedness, a matter of inadequate funding, obsolete weapons and technology, and few highly-trained leaders.

Dunn likened the military to a three-legged stool, with personnel, equipment, and training/operations respectively representing each leg. In cutting the military budget, Dunn said it is necessary to retain balance so that one leg of the military does not suffer more than any other, in order for the U.S. to remain effective during budget uncertainty.

“Our defense department is not the source of our economic problems,” Spring said. Others noted the vast bureaucracy and inefficient nature of the military which drive up costs.

Paul Kengor
Follow Their Stories:
View More
Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and senior academic fellow at the Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Kengor is author of over a dozen books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.
Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!