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Eighty years ago, America rapidly mobilized to simultaneously defeat both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. But could we do it again today?
Many experts worry that America’s military readiness is slipping. And recent surveys find that our men and women in uniform doubt our ability to immediately deploy, fight, and win anywhere in the world.
That’s especially worrying given reports that China wants its military prepared to invade Taiwan by 2027.
In several wargame simulations of the conflict, America lost. In the more optimistic ones … we fought to a stalemate.
How did we get here?
First, there’s the matter of our military hardware. The Navy, for instance, is so backlogged on maintaining its fleet that it’s the equivalent of 15 ships being out of service each year.
Then there’s the question of manpower. The Army, Air Force, and Navy are all falling short of recruitment goals.
And that’s all before we get to the fact that even the Pentagon admits that China has surpassed the U.S. on several important measures of military strength.
Where does that leave us?