posted on Mar, 8 2019 @ 02:03 PM
According to a recent report, in high end exercises against Russia and China, US forces are routinely defeated. Aircraft are hit before they can get
airborne, and ships are hit with heavy missile attacks that mission kill carriers and take them out of the fight.
The exercises start with all five warfighting domains contested, meaning US forces would have to fight for superiority. In most cases they fail.
Interestingly one of the comments made was, "When the F-35 is in the air it dominates the fight", but it frequently is destroyed on the ground or
can only get small numbers airborne. In the cyber battlefield US C3 systems would be crippled by cyberattack.
In a fight in the Baltic or Pacific, the US forces would be facing quick defeat. One of the biggest causes is the complete lack of defenses at US
bases. There's a single Patriot battery in Germany that would go to Ramstein in the event of a European war. There are 58 Brigade Combat Teams, plus
various airbases that have minimal defenses against aircraft and missiles.
Before you start with the "this is just an excuse for more money" this lines up exactly with what I've heard for the last couple of years from my
own sources. The Pentagon is largely clueless about cyberwarfare and defending against it, and in many other areas, complacency set in pretty hard.
It's going to take a radical change at the Pentagon to fix things.