An interesting concatenation of parallel efforts to pull the U.S. military up by its proverbial bootstraps is beginning to show signs of purposeful strategic direction. There are calls from many quarters to increase the sizes of the Navy, Army, Air Force, , Marine Corps. Add to these the proposals to accelerate near-term Army land force modernization, ramp up the production rates of our most modern military systems such as Virginia-class submarines, the F-35 fighter, late model Army Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, and expand the Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare fleet.
We are beginning major new investments in a strategic bomber, an aerial tanker, a ballistic missile submarine, long-range cruise missiles and theater and strategic missile defenses. Then there are the efforts by organizations such as the Army’s brand-new Rapid Capabilities Office and the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) to jumpstart modernization by repurposing existing capabilities in order to close critical capability gaps in such areas as electronic warfare and long-range fires. Finally, there are a wide range of potentially revolutionary capabilities being explored under the umbrella of the Third Offset Strategy.
What we are seeing could be the first signs of national industrial mobilization. To an extent, what is happening in the United States today mirrors the tentative steps the Western Allies, but particularly Great Britain, began to take in the early 1930s as the international security environment fractured and a number of hostile powers in Europe and the Far East rose to prominence. Then, like now, the process of national industrial mobilization began slowly and somewhat fitfully. Still suffering the effects of the Great Depression, the Allies were reluctant to spend on defense. Also, they hoped to avoid provoking their eventual enemies – Germany, Italy and Japan – to even greater militarization.
NATO tanks have put on a show of their strength during a competing exercise in Germany, testing offensive and defensive operations to see who can prevail.
Austria took first place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 as six nations and partner nations battled it out in Grafenwoehr, beating France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA in the exercise.
The second annual challenge, which was won by Germany last year, tested soldiers on vehicle identification, battle damage assessment and precision manoeuvres.
According to Stars and Stripes, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, said the challenge was designed to foster both a competitive and cooperative spirit among the tankers. After trying their best during the day to outperform their competitors, each night they exchanged professional knowledge, he said.
The partnership event took place over five days at Grafenwoehr's military training ground in Germany.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin's troops have been practising dropping armoured tanks into the battlefield by parachute.
Russia and China breaking away from the US petrodollar system and, instead, relying on gold backed currencies, both the US and EU will surely collapse
Likewise, this report continues, Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir, first deputy chief of the General Staff’s Main Operational Department, further stated that this American global missile shield was aimed at Russia and China presenting a serious threat to Moscow’s national security as it would allow the US to launch an unexpected nuclear attack against Russia—and who further warned: “The presence of U.S. missile defense bases in Europe, missile defense vessels in seas and oceans close to Russia creates a powerful covert strike component for conducting a sudden nuclear missile strike against the Russian Federation”.
With the West’s mounting incitements to war against Russia with no evidence presented for any allegation made, this report says, Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security, has warned these Western leaders that their militaristic-Russophobic rhetoric must stop before this unimaginable war begins.
However, this report continues, Sergey Naryshkin, Russia’s foreign intelligence chief, is now warning that there is no end in sight to these provocations as the ideological war with the West now exceeds Cold War levels and hopes that common sense would prevail on the international scene have so far been misplaced, and who stated: “Our partners in the West have been unable to overcome the inertia…they continue attempts to talk to Russia from the position of strength and without regard for the international law…but I will reiterate that in relations with Russia, such tactics are futile…any attempts by the West to exert pressure on our country are absolutely unacceptable.”
Having failed in their economic warfare tactics against Russia, with the United Nations just reporting that Western sanctions against Russia have cost the US and EU over $100 billion, while the Federation has only lost $50 billion, and at the same time was able to create the “Miracle of Russia”, this report explains, Russia and China’s “first strike” this past week against the US dollar has enraged these Western elites “beyond all measure”.
Important to note, this report details, is that the West’s impetus for total war against both Russia and China is due to the Western economies all being caught in a death spiral of unimaginable debt they cannot pay—and with Russia and China breaking away from the US petrodollar system and, instead, relying on gold backed currencies, both the US and EU will surely collapse—most particularly due to the fact that America will no longer be able to finance its military power.
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