Experts – Biden’s Dangerously Inadequate Defense Budget Puts US at Risk from China and Russia

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ANALYSIS – I have written that “Biden’s Defense Budget Fails to Meet Minimum National Security Needs,” and Biden’s defense budget is “The Greatest Threat to US National Security – Not ‘Extremism’ or Climate Change’ – as Biden has claimed.  And now more experts are lining up to make similar assessments.

Expert national security witnesses told members of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that President Biden’s fiscal 2022 defense budget request accepts too much near-term risk in exchange for funding long-term needs.

As Andrew Clevenger reports:

Under-resourcing current national security demands could fail to deter regional ambitions of China and Russia and invite a conflict that the United States is ill-equipped to handle, the experts warned.

Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, have described the Pentagon’s $715 billion fiscal 2022 budget request as biased toward the future, noted Stacie Pettyjohn, [a specialist in defense strategy and wargaming] and director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security.

But the problem is not the long term, but the more dangerous near-term. Experts argue that in the budget request are indications that Team Biden’s national defense strategy, still under development, might not sufficiently prioritize deterring great power aggression now and for the immediate future.

Near-term deterrence requires developing a military capable of defeating a conventional attack and strengthening strategic stability, Pettyjohn said.

“Absent significant changes to the current U.S. force structure, considerable investments in emerging technologies, and the development of new operating concepts, the U.S. military could lose a war against a great power like China or Russia,” she added.

Other witnesses, such as Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, testified that Congress should fund the Pentagon as envisioned in 2018 by the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy.

That strategy called for 3-5 percent annual growth year over year. Accounting for growing inflation, Biden’s budget actually represents a cut in buying power from the last of President Trump’s budgets, Zakheim added.

Zakheim was also a former deputy staff director and general counsel for the House Armed Services Committee who also served on the National Defense Strategy Commission, a panel of experts created by Congress that reviewed and endorsed the 2018 Trump National Defense Strategy.

Clevenger reports that Zakheim added:

By retiring aging weapons that still have some functionality — known in the defense world as “legacy systems” — the budget might invite aggression from China in Taiwan or Russia in the Baltic states… ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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MAS
MAS
1 month ago

While I agree Bien is a clueless tw*t, I think the defense industry has been screwing America since shortly after Eisenhower’s warning.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….THANKS to the U.S. MILITARY…ThEY Have KEPT the TERRORISTS Detained in their HOMELAND and OUT of the U.S. for 20 YRS. THEY Deserve the BEST of EVERYTHING. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago

The biggest threat to our Military is the Commander in Chief, Joe Biden. He has sold us out before, he will sell us out again.

M ichael Moran
M ichael Moran
1 month ago

We do need a strong defense; to deal w/ a resurgent Russia, & especially a radically growing Communist China – but . . the problem here, is the ^Military/Industrial Complex^ ! – – As a clear example – we have the USS Gerald Ford . . a Carrier w/ massively over-inflated costs, &; an insanely delayed deployment date, for its 01st overseas operations !! – – This is SOLELY due to, the INTENTIONAL screwing w/ the development process; to maximize the amount of $$, the involved Corporate Contractors/Sub-Contractors – can STEAL from the taxpayers, to line their coffers !!

Thomas
1 month ago

THE BUFFOONS’ HANDLERS DO NOT CARE THEY WANT A WEEK MILITARY JUST LOOK AT THE BUNKER GENERALS THAT ARE LEFT FROM THE CLINTONG AND BABOONZO REGIMES AND THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THE RE-TREAD BABOONZO REGIMES FAILURES IN THE NEW BUFFOON’S CABINET… WE ARE IN VERY DEEP DANGER OF BEING ATTACKED IN A COLOSSAL FIRST STRIKE. THE CHI COMMS HAVE HAD THEIR SPIES ALLOVER OUR COUNTRY. I’LL EVEN BET THEY HAVE THE COORDINATES OF EVERY BALLISTIC MISSEL SITE AND EVERY MILITARY BASE IN OUR NATION ON A CHINES COMMUNIST COMPUTER READY TO LAUNCH.
CALL ME AN ALARMIST, CALL ME A WAR OR THEORIST OF DOOM, BUT JUST LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE EXPELLED FOR JUST WHAT I AM POSTING HERE.
WE ARE A NATION ESPECIALLY WITH INEPT LEADERSHIP WE ARE IN FOR A REAL TRAGDY, LIKE PERL HARBOR BUT ON A SCALE EVEN WORSE THAN THE 2 A BOMBS DROPPED ON JAPAN. AND IF THE BUFFOON IS ABLE TO DIS ARMS US WE WILL BE LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER AND THE ASAIN MIND IS NOT A CHRISTIAN MIND IT “WILL” BE A SLAUGHTER.

Billy Q
Billy Q
1 month ago

OMG , how are they going to pay for the transgender bathrooms on base and overseas? I bet they are overpriced like a roll $75.00 roll of toilet paper and a $50.00 box of pens , and I hope thy can afford the sex change surgery that we will need to make a guy a girl and then change them back to a guy or a he/she ?


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