Top US Lawmaker Exposes Weaknesses in American Defense Industry
Top US Lawmaker Exposes Weaknesses in American Defense Industry
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Lucas Leiroz, journalist, researcher at the Center for Geostrategic Studies, geopolitical consultant.
America’s desire of war may be hindered by its own ability to produce weapons. According to an important American politician, the country would not be able to produce weapons fast enough to protect its allies in a conflict scenario. The report comes after several analysts commented on the unsustainability of Washington’s warmongering. It remains to be seen whether the evident weakness of the defense industry will be sufficient reason to change the government’s pro-war policy.
According to the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House, Michael McCaul, the military industrial sector is unable to produce weapons “fast enough” to guarantee the security of partner states. The parliamentarian mentioned the example of Taiwan, with which Washington has a series of military agreements. McCaul told a media outlet during an interview that he “signed off on weapons three years ago that have yet to go into [the] country”. In addition, he says that Taiwan is “incapable of fighting their own war if invaded.”
The politician criticized the fact that the agreements signed by the US are time consuming, always established in the long term, and even having multiple delays. For him, it would be necessary to keep production at constant levels, always sending weapons to the allies, thus ensuring that they are prepared for possible war situations. In this sense, continuing on the topic of Taiwan, McCaul also stressed the importance of safeguarding Taipei has enough weapons to defend itself against a “Chinese invasion”.
“When we sell an ally or somebody like Taiwan our foreign military sales…why does it take three years? Why don’t we have any weapons systems in [the] country right now to provide a deterrent to Chairman Xi from invading? Because, the fact is, we don’t. And I don’t think [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] can answer that question other than to say our defense industrial base system is broken and we can’t make these weapons fast enough”, McCaul said during the interview.
McCaul’s words are important because they endorse an analysis that has been made by several military experts, who point out that Washington is not capable of simultaneously protecting all of its allies. The situation has become particularly serious with the Ukrainian conflict. Due to the systematic sending of weapons to Kiev, Americans and Europeans are running out of stocks and endangering their own defense arsenals, thus making their ability to help other nations in possible conflict situations very questionable.
The policy of military support for the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev is creating a vicious cycle in the American defense industry. The country is depleting its stockpiles and replenishing them just in order to send even more weapons to Ukrainian forces, not worrying to maintain sufficient strategic reserves to guarantee its own security and that of the non-Ukrainian partners. Currently, the capacity of the American defense industry is virtually restricted to the production of equipment to be used by Ukrainian soldiers, which is absolutely anti-strategic for the country.
US politicians make decisions without considering the capabilities of defense companies. These businessmen, in turn, aim at profit and want more and more military contracts to be signed, as they do not take into account what is strategically best for the US and its allies, but just want to make gains with arms production, speculation and sales.
With this, an extremely dangerous scenario is created, as the US has openly encouraged the internationalization of the Ukrainian conflict, trying to make countries like Georgia and Moldavia to join the war, as well as, in parallel, has been preparing for a possible confrontation against China in Taiwan. In this situation, the American defense industry should be strong enough to supply weapons not only to regular American troops and allies that would face China, but also to non-NATO countries that would join the conflict in Eurasia, in the same way it has been doing with Ukraine. Considering McCaul’s reports, that would certainly be unfeasible.
There are a number of explanations to understand this. As the parliamentarian mentioned, the problem is old, given that until now Taiwan has not received some weapons purchased three years ago. So, this situation did not start with Russia’s special military operation. It is something that has been developing during the last few decades. Despite trillionaire spending on defense, the US has been experiencing serious problems of corruption and embezzlement of money for clandestine activities.
Also, entrepreneurs in the military-industrial complex sometimes deliberately delay manufacturing or even retain fabricated equipment in order to raise concerns on the part of allied countries, and thus increase financial speculation over new weapons that will be launched in the future. The absence of internal organization and a cohesive strategy has generated the current institutional chaos.
It is hoped that these reports will be reason enough to convince US officials that it is not possible to keep the country active on several fronts, sending weapons in a proxy war against Russia and in parallel facing China in Asia. The military-industrial complex is extremely rich and profits from wars, but these profits do not necessarily mean a military strength for the US and its allies.
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