Thanks to SPUTNIK MAGAZINE for the link!
via Heritage Foundation...
Our analysis concluded with these assessments:Read it all here.
I've seen this coming for awhile now. Between the desire of the current occupant of the White House to de-emphasize military power, to the USMC brass being all in on the F-35 and MV-22, to the US Army accepting massive personnel cuts without complaints and to a Navy that was focused on "littoral combat" fantasy instead of real blue water threats....this was predictable.
What I didn't see was how skillfully the USAF played its cards with the F-35. Somehow they bastardized the Air-Sea Battle, assumed a larger role than called for (one they won't deliver on), plugged the F-35 into it thereby making Carrier Battle Groups and Aegis Destroyers secondary to it....and they used the China threat to get a LRSB that we know will come in over budget.
The USAF made ASSES out of the rest of the DoD and I bet they still don't realize how much they've been played.