By the end of 2013, the United States had clearly lost a significant portion of the "world gendarme" halo. The only superpower remaining on the planet faces a difficult choice: try to continue the imperial policy, which has become an unbearable burden for the economy and the population, or take a course towards isolationism. The United States already has experience in isolationist politics when, from the middle of the nineteenth century, a program of non-intervention in European affairs and in armed conflicts outside the American continent prevailed.
The year is coming to an end, and it can be considered a failure for the United States. The state debt show, the failure in Syria and the information war from Snowden caused tangible holes to the American Dreadnought. The financial system is in danger of collapse, the US Western and Eastern allies have already fled from a sinking ship. The decline of the "signage of capitalism" is obvious. The US is clearly at a turning point, a point where you can see several options for the future of the American state. Some analysts even predict the beginning of a civil war and the collapse of the United States modeled on the USSR.
The global crisis and the need to save on government spending led to the fact that the Barack Obama administration is forced to curb the appetites of the Pentagon. The US defense ministry is not accustomed to deny itself, because the Fed has actually forced the entire planet to support the dollar. Although the US dollar, in fact, is plain cut paper, not secured by real assets. The status of a superpower, which has military bases in key regions of the planet and military-technological superiority, for quite a long time allowed not only to maintain, but also to continue to inflate the "financial bubble". However, this golden time comes to an end. More and more countries are beginning to increase gold reserves, move to barter, use national currencies in bilateral trade. There are prerequisites for the creation of regional currencies. Thus, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC) plans to introduce a single currency (Khaliji). In Europe, such a currency is already there.
Washington has planned the 650 billion-dollar military spending spending for the next ten years. Of these, 83 billion dollars (the joint annual budget of Germany and India) are next year. At the same time, they plan to reduce the size of the army (ground forces) from 570 thousand to 380 thousand people. According to the Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces of the United States, General Ray Odierno, such a reduction will lead to the fact that the US Armed Forces will lose the ability to successfully conduct military operations outside the state. The same opinion is shared by analysts of the well-known company Stratfor. Experts of the intelligence and analytical company draw attention to the weakening of the US military presence in the US-critical regions of the Middle East and Central Asia. The naval forces will be forced to withdraw existing aircraft carrier connections to the 4 reserve from 9. In addition, American experts are worried about the fact that training has been reduced in various military units. General Ray Odierno reports: “The number of fighters who are professionally trained for military operations has dropped significantly. Now the army has two fully trained brigades. Just two! ”
The head of the US defense department, Chuck Hagel, also criticized the idea of reducing military spending. “The current too tough, sharp, deep cuts threaten the degradation of military capabilities,” said the head of the Ministry of Defense. “These cuts are too fast, too big, too harsh and irresponsible,” said Hagel, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington at an event organized by the Munich Security Conference.
Reduced funding may lead to an increase in other abuses, which are constrained by the financial attractiveness of service in the US Armed Forces. The US military simply plunged into financial scandals and high-profile crimes of its soldiers and officers. So, in mid-October, it turned out that the Pentagon had overpaid more than 16,5 million dollars to Boeing Corporation as part of the contract for the production of military transport helicopters CH-47F Chinook. In the Chicago branch of the company, local specialists used old parts to assemble combat helicopters, presenting them as new. And before that came news about the unprecedented mismanagement of the US military - from 2007, the Air Force spent on the production of C-27J Spartan 567 million aircraft. From 16, the ordered 12 military transport aircraft have already been sent to storage in Arizona, at Davis-Monten airbase, which is known as the “bone store” - the old but still capable of performing their tasks are sent there. Apparently, the remaining four new aircraft, which are still at the assembly stage, will be sent to the Arizona desert. Air Force new aircraft were simply not needed. Cutting the budget for military needs forced the defense department to admit that at the moment the Spartan transport aircraft are a luxury. Back in 2012, the former chief of staff of the Air Force, General Norton Schwartz, proposed to Congress that it make a choice in favor of more economical and durable aircraft of a similar class C-130.
11 November 2013, the news came about the removal from service of the leaders of the US Naval Intelligence - the head of the intelligence department of the naval headquarters, Vice-Admiral Ted Branch and the head of the intelligence department, Rear-Admiral Bruce Loveles. They were sent on indefinite leave. This suspension is connected with the case of bribes in the ranks of the command of the Navy. The naval officers were paid for the information, providing tickets to the stars' concerts, paying for air tickets, rooms in expensive hotels and ordering prostitutes. The information provided by the Navy officers made it possible to increase the value of contracts. Suspect defense contractor, head of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Leonard Francis. Among the accused are captains of the 2 rank Michael Michael Mizevich, José Luis Sanchez and the officer of the Navy Investigations Department John Belivo.
The real wave of violence and corruption swept the US Armed Forces. Vandalism, robbery, murder, rape, including forced sex of children - these are the most popular crimes of American soldiers on holidays and AWOL. And in the service of sexual crimes and torture have become just a brand of the American army. Every year in the United States register tens of thousands of crimes committed by soldiers and officers against co-workers and civilians. In a survey conducted in the spring of 2003 among women who served in the American army, almost a third of them admitted that during their service they were attempted to rape, and more than 30% were raped one or more times. In May 2013, the Pentagon said that last year the number of sexual crimes in the Armed Forces, according to his data, was 26 thousand, an increase of more than a third. And only in 3 thousand. 374 cases, the victims appealed to the authorities. This is due to the indifference and frank concealment of the commanding staff, who does not want to "wash rubbish from the hut" According to the American press, the commanders only made oral remarks to every other tyrant, and in 15 cases from 100 they did not pay attention to the crime at all.
Another scourge of the American army - alcoholism and drug addiction. The count of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the USA from 2012 reported that the number of military personnel who regularly abuse alcohol increased from 35% in 1998 to 47% in 2008. On average in the US, this figure is much lower - 17%. According to the 2008 year, a fifth of the military personnel are alcoholics. In part, this is due to the marginalization of the US Armed Forces, where those who could not find themselves in a peaceful life go badly studied. Seriously increased the number of drug addicts. If in 2002, only 2% of servicemen abused prescribed drugs containing drugs, by 2008, this number increased 5,5 times and amounted to 11%. The number of prescriptions for drugs containing drugs has increased four times from 2001 to 2009 a year to 3,8 million. Therefore, photos and videos where the US military tortures people, posing against the background of corpses, desecrating them and much more that does not fit a normal person, quite understandable. The US Army is rapidly turning wild. People lose their human image.
And the wave of decomposition swept not only the rank and file, but also the generals. October 11 "due to loss of leadership confidence" was dismissed by the commander of the nuclear missile forces of the US Air Force, General Michael Carey. A criminal case has been filed against the general. According to media reports, a participant in two campaigns in the Persian Gulf was killed by alcohol. Before him, they removed from the post another “atomic” general - deputy head of the strategic command of the US Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Tim Gardin. According to military sources, the career of the general was destroyed by gambling. In June, the commander of the group of American troops in Japan, Major-General Michael Harrison, was removed. He covered criminals and interfered with investigative measures, forged reports. It should be noted that it was in Japan that American warriors "became famous" by the regular scandals associated with violence against Japanese women, including minors. Americans still feel victorious in Japan, who can do anything.
In May, one of the commanders of the Fort Jackson military base, in the state of South Carolina, Brigadier General Brian Roberts was removed from service due to illegal actions, including sexual abuse. In April, for misconduct - "drunkenness and licentiousness, including harassment and promiscuous sex," deprived the post of Major General of the African Command of the US Armed Forces (Afrikom) Ralph Baker. In 2012, CIA director David Petraeus was fired for sexual promiscuity. Prior to that, he had an excellent track record, headed the Central Command of the US Armed Forces and the military grouping in Iraq, and commanded the American forces in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Roger Duff and Army Major General David Hale were also charged in 2012. In addition, the investigation continues in the case of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, who until the middle of 2012, served as deputy commander for the rear of the 82 airborne division. He has a whole bunch of accusations - indecent behavior, the spread of pornography, adultery against several women who served under his authority in Iraq and Afghanistan, violent sodomy and the use of alcohol in the service.
The disintegration of the American army, including the "brain of the army" (generals) is a very dangerous symptom for the American empire. In the armed forces, it is necessary to restore order, or they will turn from the support of the state into one of the main destabilizing factors.
At the same time, it should be noted that the US Armed Forces are still the most modern on the planet and in a number of areas have reached a milestone, which may be followed by a technological revolution. In this case, the United States can gain complete dominance over the entire planet. However, apparently, all the same "train left". The United States does not have time. To implement such a scenario, they need a tough dictatorship, isolation - focusing on internal problems, rejection of a significant part of the costs, new industrialization with the return of the main industries to American territory. Mobilization of the population, rejection of the cultural policy of the last decades (“sex, drugs and rock and roll”), which has turned a significant part of the population into obese fools, a new education system - like the Soviet one, is also needed. A sample of such a society is shown in the cult film "Star landing" based on the novel by Robert Heinlein.
Despite serious financial difficulties, the United States continues a series of large-scale arms modernization programs and breakthrough projects. The Pentagon begins the next large-scale program to modernize the B-52 bomber. More than $ 1 billion will be allocated for the improvement of electronics alone. Veteran Bomber aviation they will also be equipped with modern means of communication and control, new types of ammunition. As a result, the upgraded B-52s will be in service until the middle of the 61st century. At the same time, Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced a partnership in a promising long-range bomber. Prior to that, they had already carried out preliminary work on this program. Washington also plans to upgrade its nuclear capabilities in Europe. The "Life Cycle Program" for B8,1 nuclear bombs is estimated at $ 61 billion. Modernization should significantly increase the shock potential of ammunition. In particular, by installing a tail-mounted control kit on nuclear bombs, they plan to turn free-falling bombs into correctable bombs (upgraded ammunition will be marked B12-2). Such bombs will be able to use both strategic bombers B-52 and B-15, as well as tactical strike aircraft F-16, F-5, as well as a 35th generation aircraft F-200. Currently, about XNUMX of these munitions are deployed at European bases.
In addition, the United States, despite all criticism, is the only power that created and adopted two 5th generation aircraft - the F-22 Raptor multi-role fighter (about 200 units) and the F-35 Lightning fighter-bomber II (about 70 cars). The other day in the US, the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, which is the new generation of American nuclear carriers, was launched. According to the head of the Naval Operations Directorate of the Navy, Admiral Jonathan Grinert, the ship will be armed with fifth-generation F-35 fighters, sea-based UAVs and lasers are deployed for the first time on it. In October, the Americans launched the latest destroyer DDG-1000 Zumwalt. Currently, it is the largest ship in the world in its class - 15 thousand tons. With these destroyers, the U.S. Navy pins their hopes on maintaining dominance in the oceans and maintaining and even widening the technological gap of the American fleet from the Navy of other countries. Destroyers will become a kind of platform for testing new naval technologies, which will create warships of future generations. In particular, the destroyer power plant is capable of generating 75 MW of energy, and this is enough to equip the ship with advanced high-energy laser systems weaponswho are already developing.
In May 2013, the prototype of the US drone X-47B drone first took off from an aircraft carrier. Part of the flight was performed offline. 10 July 2013, the Pegasus first landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier George Bush. The first deck drone drone plan to take on the armament in 2018 year. During the implementation of this project, the US Navy plans to create a machine capable of being in the air for at least 11-14 hours, to perform reconnaissance, observation and adjustment functions, as well as to strike various targets. The Pegasus project is part of a more extensive program aimed at creating an unmanned high-tech infrastructure that allows you to control the surface of the oceans.
Over the next three decades, the US military plans to increase the number of unmanned aerial vehicles 4 times - up to 26 thousand vehicles. Moreover, the number of UAVs will be increased not only due to the construction of new drones, but also conversions of built manned aircraft into drones. In fact, before our eyes there is a revolution in military affairs. The United States is the first to plan to become a country with thousands of UAVs, which will allow them to attack the enemy, drastically reducing the participation of people in battles directly on the front line. For people, war becomes computerized. It is also necessary to take into account that these technologies are constantly being improved, so by using solar energy, UAVs can remain in the air for a long time, the devices can conduct autonomous military operations, control entire regions, etc. In 2011, the US Department of Defense published a comprehensive "road map ", Among the top priorities is an increase in the number of combat robots to hundreds of thousands. It is even proposed to robotize the aircraft fleet.
For comparison, in Russia this revolution was actually missed. If the USSR in its time was a pioneer in the creation of unmanned aerial vehicles, then after its collapse there was a long pause, and until 2008, almost no serious developments were made. Creation of the first Russian drone drone is expected only by 2020 year.
In the United States, under the concept of “fast global strike”, the X-51A hypersonic cruise missile is being developed. In May 2010, the first flight of a hypersonic rocket was conducted. The test was recognized as successful. The second and third tests in 2011-2012. were unsuccessful. In May 2013, the fourth test was carried out, it was the most successful: the rocket developed a speed corresponding to the Mach number 5,1. The US Air Force plans to develop a reusable unmanned aircraft at a speed of 51M based on the X-6 Waveride technology.
Among other advanced developments of the USA: the orbital plane Boeing X-37; laser weapons of various modifications; remotely controlled microdrones (robots-insects); robot killer ("cat"); Hi from the "Terminator" - humanoid cyborgs armed with a laser. In the summer of 2013, the organization DARPA - Agency for Advanced Defense Research Projects, presented its own cyborg called ATLAS. Cyborg's “brain” is a special software, currently it is being actively developed and improved. It allows you to control the robot at a distance, controlling all its movements. It is clear that “Atlas” is still very far from the cine model of a combat cyborg, but the first aircraft were also wooden gliders.
DARPA was created in 1958, when US President Dwight Eisenhower realized that the United States was being defeated in the battle for space by the USSR. The main goal of this division of the Department of Defense is to create breakthrough technologies and products that will give the United States an advantage in the global race. Suffice it to say that it was DARPA that was at the forefront of creating the Internet, which was originally a military program. An agency is a kind of “architects of the future.” And the US has more than one such "think tank." The United States consistently holds the lead in R & D investment; in 2011, the United States accounted for 34% of global spending in this area. The USA is currently the world scientific leader.
The agency is also working on other projects that can radically change the methods of warfare and the entire human civilization. In particular, work has been carried out for decades to control people's consciousness. In this project were laid more developments of Nazi scientists. In the USA, many mass control technologies were created and tested. Some of them were used during the organization of the wave so-called. "Color revolutions". The agency of advanced defense research projects has already announced that it is halfway to create a device that will read people's minds. This will provide great opportunities for population control.
Summing up this section, it should be noted that in the USA there are clearly two divergent trends. The first is the decay, the degradation of the population, and the political and military elite has reached a critical level. The collapse of the financial and economic model is approaching, the collision of the American elites is obvious. The second is the American military industrial complex and the “think tanks” have clearly achieved serious success in science and technology. It is necessary to take into account that a significant part of the development is strictly secret and inaccessible to the masses, therefore we cannot assess the degree of US proximity in the technological revolution.
To be continued ...