Everyday we are bombarded with more news of how our leadership is letting us down. Today is no different. Are military budget cuts putting you at risk?
I know that we, as a nation, face enormous challenges regarding our funding of all the various programs that are in the federal budget. But, it seems to me that keeping the tip of the spear sharp, and ready for use at any time, should be a major priority. Our military budget cuts can have a destabilizing effect on the whole world.
30 Year Old Planes Expected to be Flying
It’s bad enough that we have 30 year old F-18 Hornets that we are still using. Many military aircraft are much older than that and are still flying. But, if we are going to keep these aged aircraft in operation, shouldn’t we be making sure that people like Major Mike Malone who keeps them running, have all the parts they need to do so?
Cannibalizing parts from museum displays in order to keep active aircraft operational is completely ridiculous. I commend the Major and his counterparts for their efforts, but, I condemn our leadership for putting them in the position to have to take these kinds of actions.
It is irresponsible. Frankly, I worry that it may be intentional as well. I know the President of the United States gets complete information regarding the operational readiness of all of our military forces. How, Mr. President, do you explain this situation as being acceptable.
Only 2 of 14 Planes Can Fly
18 Months is far to long for these men and women to have to wait to get parts for these aircraft. Colonel Thomas, expecting to be deployed this summer to Afghanistan has only 2 of 14 planes in his squadron that can fly.
Flight time requirements for pilots of 15 hours per month are NOT being met. Last month the pilots were only able to get 4 hours of flight time. Not only are the planes not ready, now the pilots aren’t ready either.
Of 147 CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters, only 42 can fly, and only 27% are “mission capable”.
You have to be kidding me. This is pathetic. When asked why the situation is the way it is our commanders say it’s due to budget cuts.
Is this a tolerable situation to you? In my opinion the responsibility for this starts at the top.
Fundamentally Transform America
In October of 2008, then presidential candidate Obama, said he would “fundamentally transform america.” I wonder if this is what he meant.
Dulling the tip of the spear to the point of only 1/3 effectiveness. Putting our nation’s security at risk. Risking the lives of the men and women he sends into combat by not giving them the tools they need to do the job.
I hope and pray that lives will not be lost as a result of this foolishness. I hope that we can continue to enjoy the freedom and liberty that our men and women in the military lay down their lives to protect for us.
And, I hope that in the not so distant future, we will have an administration that understands that our peace and prosperity is made possible by having a military that is able to do what we ask of it. Protect our nation, support our missions here and abroad, and, continue to bring the values of freedom and democracy to the oppressed people of the world.
For many decades the United States has been the leader of the free world. Are we going to be content now to follow someone else’s lead? Is that the america you want to leave for your children?
Military Budget Cuts Putting You at Risk
The bottom line is that military budget cuts are putting you at risk. By reducing the effectiveness and capability of our armed services, your safety, security, and serenity is at risk.
Our enemies are emboldened when our position is weakened. As an example, do you think this would have happened if we were holding a strong military position?
This is a Russian SU-24 aircraft in a simulated attack run on the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. The cook was engaged in flight operations with a Polish helicopter at the time of this incident. The russians made a reported 24 passes similar to this one at the ship, and did not respond to warnings. Or, maybe that was their response.
I believe that if we were truly leading from a position of strength, we would not be having this kind of issue. There have been other close calls recently, and you can see military expansion on the rise in many places around the world.
Russia Invades Crimea. The Chinese building military outposts on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea. Pyongyang testing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the United States.
All of this, and more, when we can’t even keep our planes and helicopters in the air. When our navy is smaller than it has been since WWII.
Coincidence? Probably not.
That’s my thought of the day.
I’d love to hear your opinion of military budget cuts. Please leave comments below.