The risk of a massive U.S. defeat is rooted in a poor supply chain

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After the end of the Cold War, the United States began to pay less attention to the rearmament of its armed forces. As a result, in the 1990s, when the American leadership thought that a serious enemy in the face of the USSR was defeated and one could relax a little, a significant part of the military equipment of the American army fell into disrepair.

The situation was aggravated by military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, which were carried out with the participation of available equipment, but it also suffered losses during the hostilities.



One of the reasons for the crisis situation with the military equipment of the American army was the lack of spare parts, which are so necessary in the event of a large-scale confrontation with a relatively serious enemy. In turn, the lack of spare parts is the result of having only a single source of supply.

The use of single suppliers has become the standard for the US Department of Defense, but it is this system of organizing the supply of military equipment that ultimately reduces the combat readiness of the American army, writes Defense News author Andrew Gonzalez. The main weapon systems used by the US military, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the M1A3 main battle tank, are highly complex and expected to meet high quality standards.

Another factor is the heavy reliance on foreign suppliers of machine tools for the military industry, which also contributes to the slowdown in the military-industrial complex and delays in deliveries. According to Andrew Gonzalez, the United States has allowed itself to get lost in this precarious situation as a result of episodic budget cuts, massive industrial consolidation and 20 years of low-intensity conflict in the Middle East.

As the author notes, one of the ways to solve the existing problem can be the diversification of the arms supply system, which will require a rethinking of the state investment policy.

In addition, the Pentagon should be able to resist corporate consolidation in the supply of parts, invest in the development of new and modernized infrastructure, and develop the aerospace supply chain. After all, now the supply chain is no longer keeping up with modern requirements.

Failure to ensure timely deliveries could result in a massive defeat for the United States, especially in the event of conflicts with China in Taiwan or with Russia in the Baltic states. After all, there the United States will have to face not rebel groups, but powerful adversaries capable of instantly strengthening their military potential, and also possessing good weapons and a well-functioning military industry.
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  1. +5
    29 2021 June
    At all times, subunits operating in isolation from the main units experienced a kind of "hunger" in the area of ​​material and technical.
    And if we take global databases, then the arsenals and warehouses of the logistics will be among the first to come under attack.
    1. +1
      29 2021 June
      Logistics is everything! Yes
      1. +3
        29 2021 June
        Visibility is a million by a million, ammunition to the eyeballs, but no fuel - we sit and study the NPP (flight operations manual)! laughing
      2. +3
        29 2021 June
        "Good commanders learn tactics, excellent commanders learn strategy, and ingenious leaders learn logistics." (C)
    2. +1
      29 2021 June
      The US Army is a powerful fire and strike vehicle.
      But a poorly trained military force.
      There are enough examples. Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that, for example, they cannot conduct street battles.
      For every "sneeze" they respond with massed rocket / artillery fire - its composition, well, reacts VERY painfully to losses.
      Several days of fighting. A maximum of a week with a serious (not to mention equal) enemy and there will simply be nothing to bring up.
      And the last thing: the checkpoint, for example, in Chechnya resembles, if not a castle, then it is quite a decent structure.
      The Yankes, in Syria, have a common pit up to 1,5 m deep and sandbags.
      There is no exact hit of 1 mine from the "popular" 82 mm mortar and the checkpoint.
  2. 0
    29 2021 June
    Rzhach !!! laughing It is enough to make a strike in the necessary factories - the cold or hot one has already been won! laughing
    1. +2
      29 2021 June
      Quote: Babay Atasovich
      It's enough to make a strike

      This is called sabotage.
      1. 0
        29 2021 June
        Nah! Strike! We are almost tolerant. We must express ourselves in their concepts! Yes
  3. +2
    29 2021 June
    This gonzalez crumbler. They will strangle him for such ideas. The monopoly on the supply of spare parts for the army is VERY expensive, and no one will give it up.
    1. +1
      29 2021 June
      Kind)))) Yes, he is not a seditious person, but the mouthpiece of those who are not at the cash desk. But note, he is worried about the possibility of bumping into us for Tribals, he did not even voice about 404.
  4. +1
    29 2021 June
    The risk of a massive U.S. defeat is rooted in a poor supply chain
    How so ... they are the most, the most, always and in everything?
    1. +2
      29 2021 June
      How so ... they are the most, the most, always and in everything?

      It's like Ford had: while the successful years passed and he produced 1 cars a year, he, among the same successful capitalists, boasted the greatest incomes, and when the Great Depression of the 000s came, Ford had to brag about the biggest losses.
      It's the same with the States now. The number of bases must be drastically reduced. laughing
      Otherwise, nothing will save. The printing press no longer helps.
      1. +1
        29 2021 June
        I don't really understand why they need so many bases. After all, it is obvious - in a collision with us and / or China - all bases within reach will immediately be multiplied by zero. Nobody will allow them to calmly deploy and withdraw equipment, and even more so - to be supplied from these bases. With modern means of destruction .. Wasted money and resources ..
        1. +1
          29 2021 June
          After all, it is obvious - in a collision with us and / or China - all bases within reach will immediately be multiplied by zero.

          IMHO, in peacetime, almost the whole world is so controlled.
          And in the military - the more targets outside the States, the more integral the States themselves.
          China does not have enough nuclear warheads for everything. Only we have enough of them, and then - no one wants to disarm further.
        2. -4
          29 2021 June
          Probably why do they need so many cities, do you understand such a large fleet either? ) "After all, it will be destroyed by us in the event of a conflict ..."

          Why do we now need the same point in Sudan, a base in Syria? After all, to paraphrase you, all this will be multiplied by zero in the event of a potential conflict with the United States.
          1. +1
            29 2021 June
            The stump is clear - the bases are needed. But not in the same amount ?? and not in places like this? Let's say, how long will the supply base in Poland live? Or is there Romania? What is the point of spending money on it if it will be taken out completely in the first minutes? But they store equipment there, accumulate fuel and lubricants.

            Of course, points are necessary for day-to-day support, but I strongly doubt that anyone is seriously planning, for example, the actions of the fleet against the United States in the Indian Ocean from a Sudanese base.

            These are two different things - to ensure the current activity, and to count on their use in the event of a war.
      2. +1
        29 2021 June
        -Alexander: The printing press does not help anymore.
        As the pope of Alexander the Great, Philip, said: "Even in the most protected city there is a gate through which a donkey laden with gold will pass."
        And, today "non-cash bucks" will work too.
        And a little on the topic - NATO countries, fighting in Libya against militias (it is difficult to call a regular army), Gaddafi began to buy ammunition from the Yankes on the fifth day of the fighting
        1. 0
          29 2021 June
          And a little on the topic - NATO countries, fighting in Libya against militias (it is difficult to call a regular army), Gaddafi began to buy ammunition from the Yankes on the fifth day of the fighting

          So for this "Trump 2%" them and pushed them not childishly. bully
  5. 0
    29 2021 June
    Well ... Considering that the enterprises of the military-industrial complex a priori cannot be as numerous as those that produce ordinary consumer goods, such a problem exists in any country, even in the USA, even in Russia.
  6. 0
    29 2021 June
    or with Russia in the Baltics
    Does a certain Andrew Gonzalez in all seriousness believe that Russia will attack the Baltic states, while the United States will bravely defend the Balts while fighting a nuclear power? The Evil One knows what they have in their heads and, apparently, he guides them through life.
  7. +1
    29 2021 June
    We should have their problems
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  9. 0
    29 2021 June
    It is rooted in the absence of military thought. No experience, no desire to learn from your mistakes. "Supernation" fig li!
  10. +2
    29 2021 June
    And what about high-tech weapons for the Americans? Bad again?
    The famous F-35 and its ALIS maintenance and parts network, which itself analyzes the condition of the aircraft and orders spare parts from the catalog.
    In theory, she monitored the condition of a particular aircraft, reminded about the need for maintenance and repair, ordered spare parts. In fact, it did not work. In 2020, the authors of the project admitted defeat and disabled ALIS. It is planned to replace it with another cloud service,

    Oh how! Now I'll die of envy for the F-35 .................
    1. -2
      29 2021 June
      You will die of envy if you learn how diagnostics are done on F16 and SU27, as the technician warrant said, this is heaven and earth.
  11. 0
    29 2021 June
    The use of single suppliers has become the standard for the US Department of Defense, but it is this system of organizing the supply of military equipment that ultimately reduces the combat readiness of the American army, writes Defense News author Andrew Gonzalez.
    So he revealed the main secret, the Merikatos one! laughing
  12. 0
    29 2021 June
    Failure to ensure timely deliveries could result in a massive defeat for the United States, especially in the case of conflicts with China in Taiwan. or with Russia in the Baltics.
    He did not teach another in geography! laughing
  13. -1
    29 2021 June
    Quote: Babay Atasovich
    Rzhach !!! laughing It is enough to make a strike in the necessary factories - the cold or hot one has already been won! laughing

    It is not good to underestimate the enemy. These guys have only a lot of stripes on the flag, stars in the same place, green pieces of paper - they can do anything, plus a high mobilization component -
    estimate the vaccination, they are going to the 150 million mark. From the past - during the Second World War: The construction of the first 14 ships took about 230 days. During 1941-1942, through successive improvements, the construction period (from laying to launch) was reduced to 42 days. In November 1942, the Kaiser's shipyards set a record - laid down on November 8, SS Robert Peary was launched on November 12 (4 days, 15 hours and 29 minutes after laying), and went on its maiden voyage on November 22; the ship survived the war and served until 1963. In total, 18 shipyards were employed in the construction of Liberty (not counting numerous subcontractors), and in 1943 the production averaged 3 vessels per day. had time ......... Well, while we relaxed - Hawaii, Mayami Beach, the sun, sunbathing. But this is for now ....
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