According to a report from the National Defense Strategy, The security and well being of the United States are at greater risk than at any time in decades.
The National Defense Strategy Commission, a bipartisan panel mandated by Congress to evaluate our defense, recently issued its final report. It concluded that due to an erosion of American military superiority, “The security and well being of the United States are at greater risk than at any time in decades.” The report warned, “If the nation does not act promptly to remedy these circumstances, the consequences will be grave and lasting.” In other words, this crisis requires urgent action in Washington.
Donald Trump has long called for the rebuilding of the US Military. China is certainly America’s biggest threat moving forward.
Former Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte penned an OP-ED on how to fix this issue.
First, our robust system of American alliances represents an incomparable strategic asset we must nurture and strengthen rather than abandon. The administration is correct to pressure our allies to shoulder their fair share of the defense burden, and we should expect disagreements to emerge among allies. Nonetheless, maintaining strong American alliances helps deter aggression, prevents wars, reduces the burden on our military, and secures national interests. As Winston Churchill said, “There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.”
Second, the security and prosperity of the American people during this century will require the United States to negotiate with China and Russia from a position of strength. When adversaries doubt the capabilities of the United States, they are more likely to undertake provocative actions. Our leaders in Washington must bolster our military power and political will in order to increase the perceived and actual costs that are associated with challenging our core American interests. We must strive to resolve our differences diplomatically, yet success is unlikely without the leverage provided by our credible alliances and unquestioned military power.
Finally, there needs to be a solid commitment to providing the Defense Department with timely and sufficient funding. With broad bipartisan support, Congress and the administration have started to repair the damage inflicted by years of insufficient funding and habitual reliance on continuing resolutions. The $686 billion in 2019 funding for the Pentagon represents a significant increase over the 2017 level. Importantly, the Defense Department also received this funding promptly, beginning the fiscal year with an enacted appropriation for the first time in far too long.
The key now is to sustain this progress. The National Defense Strategy Commission recommended funding growth of 3 percent to 5 percent above inflation for at least five years. With more funding, the Pentagon can continue to implement our defense priorities. It can upgrade the capacity, capability, lethality, readiness, and modernization of our military. Increased funding would enable expanded training opportunities for our troops, as well as more exercises with our allies. It would also enable essential investments in important technologies such as autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, directed energy, and hypersonic missiles.
It shocks me that no media outlets would pick this up. America has been weakened to a point where China is becoming more and more of a player on the world stage. Donald Trump must continue to build up the Military and fight the rise of China.
This also points the finger at the Democrats who refuse to secure our border or properly vet those who come in. America has a priority to the safety of its citizens and can’t afford the financial burden that comes with unchecked immigration.