posted on Sep, 7 2016 @ 07:42 PM
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
Then the problem is not the ammount of money, since you are outspending them 2 to 1. It's how you are using that money.
One of the big problems is military objectives. Russia and China atleast have most of their budget going towards maintaining their borders. They're
creating defensive technologies meant to be used against advanced opponents (because no one else has the power projection capabilities). The US on
the other hand has this misguided notion that we need a defensive army in addition to the ability to invade 2 countries at once (2 because 1 is only a
threat as long as you never actually invade anyone). Most of our targets though aren't advanced and we have to make up for numbers with high quality
expensive items. Basically, we're looking to trade down with high quality (an expensive proposition) while our rivals are looking to trade up with
lower quality technology from within their borders (very cheap and effective). This is our problem.
If we spend $660 billion on actual defense every year we would be untouchable, of course we wouldn't have the global leverage we do either because we
would have no power projection. What we spend $660 billion a year on is offense, but offense requires a 3:1 or 4:1 advantage just to break even. We
don't have the manpower or the budget to actually pull that off and that's why the generals say our military is weak.