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McCain Proposes Plan To Completely Reverse Obama’s Defense Sequester
Sen. John McCain’s relationship with the president-elect got off to a rocky start, but now the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman seems to be warming up to the idea of a Trump presidency. Or, at least, he sees an opportunity to capitalize on it. On Jan. 16, McCain called for a $430 billion boost to the defense budget over the next five years that would, in theory, reverse the defense sequester put into effect by the Obama administration.
In a 33-page white paper, “Restoring American Power,” McCain argues that the U.S. military has atrophied over the past eight years, and that it is no longer capable of effectively combating terrorism or deterring — and, if necessary, waging war against — our nation’s more conventional adversaries, like Russia, North Korea, and China.
“Reversing this budget-driven damage to our military must be a top priority for national leaders,” McCain said. “President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to ‘fully eliminate the defense sequester’ and ‘submit a new budget to rebuild our military.’ This cannot happen soon enough. The damage that has been done to our military over the past eight years will not be reversed in one year.”
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 16, 2017
The $430 billion, which would be spent in $85 billion annual increments, would be dispersed across the armed forces.
If McCain’s plan was implemented, the size of the Army would increase to over 500,000 active-duty soldiers by 2022, while the Marine Corps would grow at a pace of 3,000 additional Marines per year over the next five years. The plan also calls for 81 ships to be added to the Navy fleet, and proposes purchasing 73 additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force. (These are just a few of the highlights of the proposed plan. It can be read in full here.)
“Let’s be clear: the United States military is still the greatest fighting force in the world,” McCain wrote in an August 2016 op-ed for Task & Purpose. “But these arbitrary, across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration are crippling force modernization, undercutting training and putting the lives of American service members at greater risk. This is all happening as the threats around the world — and to the homeland — are growing.”
However, as Defense News notes, McCain and Trump don’t see completely eye-to-eye when it comes to the role America’s military should play in the world. Although Trump has vowed to defeat terrorism, he’s long been critical of boots-on-the-ground intervention abroad (i.e., the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). McCain, on the other hand, remains firmly committed to combating terrorism and deterring our nation’s enemies through the conventional strategies the American military has relied upon since the end of the Second World War.
“When reconsidering global force posture, one option should clearly be off the table: a large-scale reduction in forward-stationed or forward-deployed forces that the United States relies upon around the world,” McCain said. “We have run this experiment over the past eight years: The United States withdrew forces in Europe and the Middle East, and the resulting vacuum was filled with chaos, the malign influence of our adversaries, and threats to our nation.”
Army study recommends more sleep for recruits at basic, which drill sergeants will absolutely not disregard or anything
(Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger issues during their entry into the military, a recent study suggests.
"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
It all began with a medical check.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
The US military now has to ask the Iraqis for permission before giving close air support to troops in combat
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.