Making the U.S. Military noncompetitive (Part 1)

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This is the first in a three part series to make the U.S. Military non-competitive in this globalized economy. The U.S. Armed Forces are still the number one military power in the world. No nation has the technology, arms, or ability needed to invade or challenge the U.S. Vice media did a great story on this where a military analysis from IHS Jane Dylan Lehrke says the ability to challenge the U.S. is not there. Dylan Lehrke goes through the strengths and very little weaknesses of the America homeland. Dylan also points out the insanity of trying to invade the U.S. Dylan’s analysis completely counters everything about the decline of the U.S. in the foreseeable future.

Merging the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps into the Department of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

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This issue is a very important emotional issue for Soldiers, Marines, and the Brass in the higher echelons of these two organizations.  The organization that will come out of the merger will be a stronger and leaner department that will dominate on the ground war of any battle. I served in the Arizona Army National Guard and I’ve been with contact with both proud members of each branch. The members of each branch are proud of their sacrifice and brag about how hard they have it. However, the changing geopolitical dynamics in Asia, Middle East, and Europe creates a reset to conventional thinking. The creation of the Department of the Army and Marines will spur new tactics for the ground section of the U.S. military.

Let’s compare the difference of the services and this is stated well by Capt Andrew Cosgrove: look here to see the debate

Practically speaking…
– The Marine Corps 194, 000 Active Duty with 40,000 Reserve
– US Army 546,047 Active Duty with 559,244 in Reserve and National Guard

Budgets
– Army $244.9 Billion (31.8%)
– USMC $40 Billion (4% total is derived from the allotment taken from the Navy)

US Army mission
– Preserving the peace and security and providing for the defense of the United States, the Commonwealths and possessions and any areas occupied by the United States
– Supporting the national policies
– Implementing the national objectives
– Overcoming any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States

USMC mission
– The seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns;
– The development of tactics, technique, and equipment used by amphibious landing forces in coordination with the Army and Air Force
– Such other duties as the President may direct.

A legendary soldier named Col. David Hackworth points out that the “Blackhawk Down” issue could have been avoided if the Army just called the Marines who had tanks four days away (here). The General requested tanks but was denied but they didn’t want to ask the Marines because “We are the Army and we don’t need the Marines.” This thinking needs to leave and a valid discussed on the compatibility of the Army and Marines must happen. The Marines can supplement the areas where the Army needs an act of congress to move by a simply Presidential Directive.

There is already an added benefit of using the joint force:

“The United States must choose to go to “war as a last resort and not a policy option of the first choice.” To this must be added another imperative. The United States Armed Forces must prioritize homeland defense as its primary mission and rethink the mistaken belief that the United States can somehow secure its interests through “lengthy military occupations of foreign lands.”

“Thus, this newly merged service must redirect its focus towards countering cyber warfare and CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear, and Explosives) attacks and should work towards bolstering its counterterrorism (CT) capabilities. This is because, due to the convergence of the global community, the United States may be vulnerable to attacks from within by homegrown terrorists and drug cartels—all of which may wreak havoc and may even cripple America’s domestic infrastructures.”

Why the United States Should Merge Its Ground Forces

SEPTEMBER 2013 by Jeong Lee

Merging the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard into the Department of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

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The combination and creation of the Department of the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will help the Air and Sea section of the U.S. Military. Merging the Department will help the force adapt to the changing dynamics in the Arctic, Southeast Asia, South China Sea, and the Persian Gulf. National Disasters and bioterrorism/pandemics events where quarantine areas are needed to contain the spread of the disease. The U.S. Navy also needs reforms for the culture, schools, and retention to compete in the future. A combo of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard culture will change the mentality of the British Naval Culture into the American Naval Culture.

The interoperability of these forces will help any challenge in the future whether it’s the drug interdiction mission or Ebola, Tuberculosis, or any contagion.  When you need to isolate certain person(s) and transport medical supplies into that area the Department will have the resource to react. The U.S. Coast Guard can be used not only for their traditional mission but for national disasters in other countries like how they responded in New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. The Eighth Coast District is in the American Heartland which would call for the updating the Posse Comitatus Act since the Coast Guard will be put back into the Department of Defense and merged with the Air Force and Navy.

 

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“In order to facilitate the most effective and efficient Department of Defense, we contend it is beneficial to first revise the National Military Strategy. This revision will more effectively support the president’s overall National Security Strategy. Reorienting the DoD into a set of forces that are actually joint in execution will strengthen the American military and thus enhance overall national security.”

Mark Fitzgerald David Deptula Gian P. Gentile

Even the U.K. is debating about making a single force model on the U.S. Marine Corps which is something to think about?

From left, a Royal Air Force servicewoman, a Royal Navy sailor and an Army soldier stroll thorugh London prior to Armed Forces Day 1010. This image is fully model released.

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“Combining the three armed forces could leave them resembling the US Marine Corps, which unites land, air and maritime forces under a single command.”

“The future of the three separate services was called into question after Britain’s senior military commander said combining them could become part of a future defence review.”

Let’s Keep America and the U.S. Military powerful!!!

http://blog.usni.org/2013/09/24/why-the-united-states-should-merge-its-ground-forces

news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19940807&id=ZLFKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XJQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6873,1360164&hl=en

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/cheaper-stronger-army-8895

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2013-06-20/future-joint-operations

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

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