“Provide for the Common Defense” is a lot more than F-35′s, VA class subs, and Abrams Tanks
We are now facing off against BOTH with a targeted nuclear submarine force level set in the 90′s (48) and now realize we can’t replace cold war boats fast enough to FULFILL MISSIONS WE NEED, and CAN’T AFFORD TO UP THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE MORE RAPIDLY.
The Navy’s replacement for the most important part of our nuclear deterrence, our Trident fleet, threatens to take up the ENTIRE Navy shipbuilding budget.
We have aircraft literally wearing out from 13 years of war usage, and are replacing them with FAR SMALLER numbers which we really can't afford to start with, so we are cutting back the number of anti missile interceptor components we are producing (among other ‘minor’ items).
We have the smallest army since before WW2 and the smallest navy since before WW1.
These are all stories JUST THIS WEEK.
But guess what?
These are all SYMPTOMS, NOT the disease.
THIS IS THE DISEASE.