Report Suggests U.S. Military Lacking?
The International Business Times reports that “the United States Army may have reasons to be worried, at least according to the 2017 Index of U.S. Military Power.”
“Released Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, the report ranked the army as ‘weak,’ while other branches of services — the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and the nuclear capability — registered a slightly better performance with a ‘marginal’ rating.”
“The ratings are based on the military’s ‘capability or modernity, capacity for operations, and readiness to handle assigned missions successfully,’ according to the report. For a country with annual outlays of more than $600 billion on defense — three times more than China and seven times more than Russia, according to figures from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute — the U.S. is far from fulfilling the strategic goal of handling two major wars at the same time.”