Does The U.S. Military Doesn’t Know How Many Troops, Ships or Which Fighter Jets It Needs?

The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008. Wikipedia

David Axe, National Interest: The U.S. Military Doesn’t Know How Many Troops, Ships or Which Fighter Jets It Needs

A new report highlights a scary trend.

The Pentagon lacks a reliable process for deciding how many troops and weapons it needs. The analytical gap is getting worse as Chinese and Russian forces grow increasingly sophisticated and challenge the U.S. Defense Department’s assumptions.

That’s the worrying conclusion of a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The report could help to explain why the U.S. Navy insists it needs as many as 355 warships, up from 287 in 2019, and yet for 2020 has proposed to decommission early one aircraft carrier, delay amphibious-ship construction and cancel a new cruiser program.

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WNU Editor: I have been following the Pentagon’s procurement process for years. And I have no clue on how they determine the number of soldiers/planes/ships/etc. that they need.

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