American analyst called the main obstacle to the growth of US military power


In the US, they thought about who is the true opponent of the military might of the American army. The National Interest magazine concluded that this was by no means Russia, or even China.


As you know, the United States positions itself and is perceived by other countries as the most militarily strong and advanced weaponry state in the world. It is also known that the United States spends much more on defense than any other country.

But at the same time, the Pentagon constantly declares the need to modernize the armed forces and armaments in order to keep up with the existing risks and to be able to adequately respond to potential adversaries - Russia, China, North Korea, Iran.

Many US military analysts argue that Russia and China have already surpassed the United States in terms of technology development in a number of areas of the military industry. This thesis is readily picked up by the media, and then the US military. After all, such a statement allows “knocking out” additional funding in the US Congress, which always requires a clear justification of where and why budget funds will be allocated.

The US military budget for fiscal year 2021 is currently $ 738 billion. Including 104,3 billion dollars, that is, a seventh of the country's military budget, it is planned to spend on research and testing of promising weapons. This weapon, which includes laser weapon, howitzers with global reach, etc., do not yet exist.

Technologies that would make it possible to realize dreams of such weapons are also not yet sufficiently developed. But tremendous funds are allocated for development and research, and the military budget is not rubber. It is to this thought that Samuel Arlington Page brings us - the second of The National Interest.

The analyst believes that in pursuit of promising, but not yet existing weapons, the United States is wasting such budgetary funds in vain. As a result, a situation arises when billions of dollars are allocated for research and development, but at the same time the army lacks conventional weapons. In turn, Russia and China, which focus on the production of large quantities of military equipment and weapons, overtake the United States in this direction.

According to the author of The National Interest, the United States needs to abandon the existing practice of colossal expenses for futuristic projects, and slightly change the strategy of spending funds from the country's military budget.

One of the key reasons for this situation lies in the very specifics of the approval of the military budget: neither the president nor the congressmen are mostly military people, and when determining the amount of funds spent and areas of spending, they are forced to listen to the opinions of generals and admirals.

Naturally, representatives of each kind of troops are interested in the most generous financing of their own “favorite” projects, for which they “knock out” money from the US Congress. In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying for the interests of both individual states and individual corporations.

For example, you can recall how the decision was made to allocate funds for the construction of the third destroyer of the Zumwalt class. Although he was not needed by the U.S. Navy, the decision to allocate funds was lobbied: the Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, made sure that the Bath Iron Works shipyard located in her state was not closed. Naturally, in her actions the senator was guided by considerations of preserving jobs and preserving the shipyard’s income, for which she was able to achieve the construction of an expensive ship, without which the American fleet could well do.

Samuel Arlington proposes to change the US military procurement system, abandoning the generous funding of futuristic projects that are not feasible in practice at present, and proceeding to allocate more significant funds for the construction and modernization of time-tested ships, aircraft, tanks. In this case, Russia and China, according to the analyst, will not be able to surpass the United States in military power.
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  1. Mountain shooter 30 March 2020 12: 05 New
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    Well, why so ... still need to spend more. More!!! On the study of "the effect of moonlight on the intimate life of lice ..."
    1. Insurgent 30 March 2020 12: 07 New
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      American analyst called the main obstacle to the growth of US military power

      According to the author of The National Interest, the United States needs to abandon the existing practice of colossal costs for futuristic projects


      So projecting is the main enemy of the USA?

      1. Aerodrome 30 March 2020 13: 56 New
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        Quote: Insurgent
        American analyst called the main obstacle to the growth of US military power

        the film is good. and explains a lot.
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  3. Gene84 30 March 2020 12: 07 New
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    Samuel Arlington proposes to change the US military procurement system, refusing to generously finance futuristic projects

    Does Arlington need the most? Sit shut, do a good deed for us. Let the US continue to fund its futuristic projects laughing
    In general, the USA began the next round of “struggle” for financing defense industry projects.
    1. Insurgent 30 March 2020 12: 26 New
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      Quote: Gene84
      Does Arlington need the most?

      Maybe him ... At the Arlington Memorial? repeat

    2. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 06 New
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      Quote: Gene84
      Samuel Arlington proposes to change the US military procurement system, refusing to generously finance futuristic projects

      Does Arlington need the most? Sit shut, do a good deed for us. Let the US continue to fund its futuristic projects laughing
      In general, the USA began the next round of “struggle” for financing defense industry projects.

      Well, it was necessary to get so voluminous demagogy to cover up the banal corruption in which the Washington regime was mired !! what laughing
  4. cniza 30 March 2020 12: 08 New
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    In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying for the interests of both individual states and individual corporations.


    And nobody can break it ...
    1. Insurgent 30 March 2020 12: 11 New
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      Quote: cniza
      And nobody can break it ...

      Business!
    2. rocket757 30 March 2020 12: 14 New
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      What for? They have enough seat for every little thing, but to those who are stronger, they themselves will not climb.
    3. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 09 New
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      Quote: cniza
      In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying for the interests of both individual states and individual corporations.


      And nobody can break it ...

      the main thing ... they try to pass off corruption as all kinds of good actions !!! wassat lol
  5. rocket757 30 March 2020 12: 13 New
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    As it is heated, either lipstick is more beautiful, or cartridges are better.
    1. cniza 30 March 2020 12: 16 New
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      Yes, and fatter, and tug of war they now have the most relevant game ....
      1. rocket757 30 March 2020 12: 25 New
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        So they all have generals then, in different boards of directors of companies are arranged!
        Why, one wonders, are they being taken there?
        1. cniza 30 March 2020 13: 05 New
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          It’s everywhere like that, nothing new, everyone wants to eat ...
  6. Nikolay Ivanov_5 30 March 2020 12: 14 New
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    It is doubtful that in America they will take into account the opinion of this analyst and continue to spend enormous expenses on futuristic projects.
  7. knn54 30 March 2020 12: 16 New
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    Samuel, "announce the entire list, please" ...
  8. Fishery 30 March 2020 12: 17 New
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    lobbyism, and corporations, there are no excesses
  9. Cowbra 30 March 2020 12: 22 New
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    In the photo, a black man torments an ancient button nokia wink
    And on the topic - even if you stop corruption - where do you get the designers that can work, and not just saw? There’s no one to even teach them already - who knew how to work, already retired or died
  10. Fmax 30 March 2020 12: 27 New
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    these would be space resources and genetic research - "apple trees were already blooming on Mars."
  11. Air force 30 March 2020 12: 30 New
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    A global howitzer is just a tin, laughing it’s good that it’s not a hand-held intercontinental grenade wassat
  12. rotmistr60 30 March 2020 12: 34 New
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    in pursuit of promising, but not yet existing weapons, the US is wasting budget funds
    It is useless to call for a reasonable approach when almost every general is tied to one or another company in the military-industrial complex and feeds well on this. Therefore, there were and will be futuristic projects under which tens of billions are allocated. Everyone wants to eat and eat well.
    1. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 11 New
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      Quote: rotmistr60
      Therefore, there were and will be futuristic projects under which tens of billions are allocated. Everyone wants to eat and eat well.

      what Well this type of corruption, nooooo ?? ?? !!!! recourse wassat
  13. Lord of the Sith 30 March 2020 12: 36 New
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    By and large, all these congressmen, senators and so on do not care about the army, they are interested in how to grab a piece of the budget fatter.
    This is a business.
    1. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 11 New
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      Quote: Lord of the Sith
      This is a business.

      finally it’s like an article !!! wink lol
  14. gridasov 30 March 2020 12: 37 New
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    The power of the US Army is determined by the amount of financial resources allocated for solving those tasks that are relevant in the framework of military issues. Moreover, it is also obvious that there is completely no methodology for optimizing many decisions and searching for fundamental and long-term platforms on which these decisions will be based. The failure of many strategic analysts lies in the fact that they do not know how to operate with a comprehensive analysis of big data, and especially quickly variable complex processes. It requires the evolution of intelligence on new fundamental knowledge that expands primarily the work of the human brain
  15. Vladimir61 30 March 2020 12: 39 New
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    Let them give up the role of the “world gendarme” (in their opinion, the “global advocate of democracy”) and not only save money, but also disappear the global threat to peace and prosperity on the whole planet.
  16. Egor53 30 March 2020 12: 41 New
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    The main reason the US military power is falling is a total lie.
  17. Andrey Mikhaylov 30 March 2020 12: 46 New
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    One of the key reasons for this situation lies in the very specifics of the approval of the military budget: neither the president nor the congressmen are mostly military people, and when determining the amount of funds spent and areas of spending, they are forced to listen to the opinions of generals and admirals.

    Naturally, representatives of each type of troops are interested in the most generous financing of their own “favorite” projects, for which they “knock out” money from the US Congress. In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying for the interests of both individual states and individual corporations. Here is a cut of money, What is still not clear. They themselves called the reason.
  18. voyaka uh 30 March 2020 12: 46 New
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    On the contrary. Invest in new - pays off in the war.
    Otherwise, you find yourself completely ready for ... last war belay
    (Remember the 15 thousand T-26 tanks in 1941).
    Everything reliable and verified has one feature - it is outdated.
    If it weren’t, we would still be swinging super-reliable swords fellow
    1. Tuzik 30 March 2020 13: 08 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      Invest in new - pays off in war

      They seem to have wondered how much it pays off in the current wars. If there is a surplus of new, why not cut funding there. Very logical.
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    3. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 13 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      On the contrary. Invest in new - pays off in the war.
      Otherwise, you find yourself completely ready for ... last war belay
      (Remember the 15 thousand T-26 tanks in 1941).
      Everything reliable and verified has one feature - it is outdated.
      If it weren’t, we would still be swinging super-reliable swords fellow

      about f35 grunt do not forget !!! wink laughing
  19. Aliken 30 March 2020 13: 20 New
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    As for the budget cut, teachers in the USA are sitting, our homegrown "Rogozins" and "Chubais" are still running in short pants.
  20. IC
    IC 30 March 2020 13: 30 New
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    The author correctly consecrated the main factors of the problem. Most portal visitors need to keep them in mind. The weapon itself, whether it is better or worse, is of secondary importance. The primary political, economic and financial interests of certain circles. Too much money is spinning here, which should not be allowed to the military. This applies to any country in one way or another.
  21. Sergey Averchenkov 30 March 2020 13: 36 New
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    The United States simply devours themselves, and economically as well. How much is a cup of coffee in Russia? And how much is in the USA? Any of their projects costs them about 4 times more expensive. And their lobbying ... it's just a legalized bribery system.
  22. orionvitt 30 March 2020 13: 57 New
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    In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying the interests of both individual states and individual corporations.
    And we were always told that they did not have corruption. laughing Oh yes, it's just a business.
    1. Nikolai Grek 30 March 2020 21: 16 New
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      Quote: orionvitt
      In addition, a number of senators and congressmen are directly engaged in lobbying the interests of both individual states and individual corporations.
      And we were always told that they did not have corruption. laughing Oh yes, it's just a business.

      By the way, something here is not noticeable a couple of hundreds of comments !!! wink laughing
      1. Round Smesharik 30 March 2020 21: 20 New
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        Quote: Nikolai Grek
        By the way, something here is not noticeable a couple of hundreds of comments !!!

        Yes, they are afraid to write, it makes no sense (they will strangle and stammer right away)))) ... laughing That's what they are afraid of in the USA soldier
        We cannot be destroyed !!!!
        We are not scribblers, we are techies .. hi
  23. Ros 56 30 March 2020 16: 04 New
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    Well, pepper is clear, if not Russia and China are opposed to striped, then this is either the DPRK or Banderlogiya, most likely the latter. fellow lol laughing lol
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  25. Chaldon48 April 13 2020 10: 19 New
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    The main obstacle to US development is the printing press and the insane production of green papers, which covers any stupidity of high-ranking "inventors".