Sequestration's Impact on America's Military (Page 2 of 3)

2. Much has been made of various Anti-Access/Access Denial capabilities of nations like Iran and China. America's armed services have seemed to shift their attention and focus to meeting such challenges. In what ways will sequestration impact plans to meet such Anti-Access challenges in the future?

The sequester could delay the fielding of new capabilities that are needed to counter these emerging threats and maintain the U.S. military’s freedom of action. It’s important to note that so-called anti-access systems are proliferating to non-state actors as well as China, Iran, North Korea, and other states. For example, transnational extremist groups could use guided rockets, artillery, mortars, and missiles to threaten U.S. forces engaged in partner building and counter-terror operations. In other words, the spread of precision-guided munitions and other asymmetric capabilities will make future power-projection missions that span the spectrum of operations far more challenging for our military. Sequestration will delay the Defense Department’s efforts to adapt to these threats and could lead to unacceptable losses of American lives and treasure in future wars.

David Rocourt
March 2, 2013 at 04:19

When looking at the big picture, what takes shape is a vast array of discourse rather than actual threats to the U.S. The power that the U.S. holds, in terms of influence and possitioning, far exceeds that of any of the mentioned threats. Therefore, it will take far more than budget cuts to disrupt the objectives of this super power.

February 27, 2013 at 11:17

mata hari:

You can't be that ingnorant????  Do you remember 9-11?  Who is threatening the U.S.?  Take your pick!  If you live in this country and enjoy the freedoms our military protects on a daily basis do not post comments that make the U.S. out to be the "bad guy"

Devindra Sethi
February 26, 2013 at 22:27

A balanced column on the likely future. USA has to spend smarter. Focus on areas of concern as the rebalance strategy has been indicated by the political leadership. Maritime Diplomacy is now upfront and centered, especially as the TPP initiative is making strides. The coming oil & gas boom must be export oriented too with effect from 2014. Accordingly imports will drop and revenues will increase. This can provide for new funding of industries related to exotic technologies covered in the article. Anti access systems being focussed on by disruptive powers must be targeted by USA at their launch pads & support systems.That is the best disruptive approach and will render their effectiveness to below par for the course.Financially speaking give partners and likely allies access to new technologies being developed rather than Cold War systems. A Lend – Lease Programme as fashioned by President Roosevelt in the early forties for the UK, to put forward an example, will ensure democracies of the Asia -Pacific / Indo- Pacific, can assist in troubled times to make the world a safer place.      

February 26, 2013 at 19:19

Too many bad guys–  Islamist terrorists, Iranian mullahs, African crazy Al-Qaida followers, North Korean lunatics, Venezuelian Bolivarian revolutionaries,not speaking about totalitarian Red China ( for how long, though?) and Putinist neo-Imperial and over-authoritarian unpredictable Russia with thousands nuclear weapons

mata hari
February 26, 2013 at 01:29

Why does the US need so many klling machines for?  Who is threatening the US?  It is a stupid issue and an even stupider question that shouldn't be asked.  The US should turn its swords into plough shares.

February 26, 2013 at 00:49

Even if U.S military budget is cut, U.S will still be the no.1 military spender in the world.

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