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Donald Trump inheriting ‘weak’ Army, military too small to win major wars, report says

Monday, November 28, 2016 9:27
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 Chief Master Sgt. Brent Crozier, left, a boom operator on an Oklahoma Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker, refuels an F-16 jet during a training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico. The KC-135 refueling jets, critical to long-range missions, are more than 54 years old. (Associated Press)
“Only 43% of the Marine Corps total aircraft inventory is currently considered flyable”

The Washington think tank that helped forge the defense views of President-elect Donald Trump says in a report that the armed forces are too small to win major wars.

The Heritage Foundation’s “2017 Index U.S. Military Strength” gives the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps a collective grade of “marginal” for total power compared with a top score of “very strong.” It stamps its lowest grade individually on the Army, which it judges “weak.”

“At present, the U.S. military is two-thirds the size it needs to be and, of that two-thirds, only one-third is at acceptable levels of readiness,” said Heritage’s Dakota Wood, a former Marine Corps war planner who edited the index.


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