Is the U.S Military Weak?

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Is the U.S Military to weak?

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    In the recent political debates going on in the country the argument that the military is weak and needs to be bolstered has been made many times. What are your opinions on this issue? Is the military actually weak? If it is what should be done to strengthen it?
     
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    T-123456 Captain Staff Member International Mod

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    No,the current US government/administration is weak.
     
  3. Sinan

    Sinan Officer Candidate

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    My knowledge of American military is not much, just i know that US is the greatest military power of the world.

    But "weak" is a relative term. Weak against Russia, China, or to project power around the globe ?
     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Some people think the military isn't effective enough to deal with all of threats you mentioned above. The question is should have to be able to deal with all of those threats.
     
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    Stronger than all over Europe or at least in homeland vs Europe.

    Nobody of Europeans attacks last 90-180 year they will not lose.

    I like to see smaller strenght and on way around 2019 smaller Army unit. Smaller Marin Corps too. Little smaller Marin Corps.

    Little smaller Air Force in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

    Air Force involved in special forces + NATO special unit.
     
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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

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    Hehe I think what you want will become a reality :D

    Look at the flight cost of the latest and greatest aircraft |Jawdrop|

    https://www.americanmilitaryforum.com/forums/threads/usaf-flight-costs-per-hour.625/

    The high costs of modern equipment + budget cuts will force us into having a smaller force, I think this is inevitable. |Nailbiting|
     
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    Will only have 180 F-22 Raptor, 120 F-15 SE and 1500 F-35. In total: 1800 aircrafts by attacking aircrafts. Smaller unit in attacking air planes too. Not only Air Force go little down and Marin Corps and the Army. Only Coast Guard and Navy like today skills.
     
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Maybe a large force will become the norm instead. Not manned of course, that adds flexibility but also increased costs. Rather, perhaps unmanned swarms of low-cost aircraft, perhaps low-cost suicide drones for precision strikes launched from one of the US military's proposed arsenal aircraft?



    Maybe the problem isn't the size of the Air Force, but rather the size of its platforms? Large bombers and manned fighters are more costly then are smaller UAVs like Predator, which come with the downside of being less capable in terms of payload, but come with the upside of being less politically risky and without the risk of losing a pilot.

    I think the Air Force and Navy aircraft force will actually increase in size, or at least its strike component, as technical sophistication removes the pilot from the equation.

    Though no longer being persued, how many X-47Bs could a Ford Class Carrier carry:

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    Versus their current Super Hornet payload?

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    I wont argue that carriers could be made smaller though, UAVs still need to be armed, maintained and coordinated, which at present requires manpower.

    But perhaps sooner than later, we'll be replaced by these:



    So maybe the force wont get smaller, but less "fleshy"?
     
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