In an op-ed for Forbes, Loren Thompson explains why America’s adversaries, most notably Russia and China, have been able to catch up — and may eventually surpass us — in terms of military technology. Thompson cites a lack of imagination on the part of political leaders, risk aversion when it comes to new defense acquisitions, the rise of a welfare state competing for defense funds, and systemic underinvestment in the military.
“Given the lack of urgency about the greatest threats America faces, it’s amazing the U.S. still holds any edge at all in the technologies most vital to its security,” writes Thompson. “If you want to understand why America’s lead in military technology is waning, don’t investigate Chinese military doctrine. Just review the policies and priorities that have prevailed in Washington over the last several years.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.