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