Military Down Sizing: The Possible Fall of a Great Nation
America is one the most powerful nations in the world. Being a strong nation includes having a strong military as well as economy. As one can observe, the U. S. economy is growing by leaps and bounds. However, the military is being down sized, and if we do not do something about it, it will continue to be down sized until we have an armed force that will no longer be capable of protecting this great nation. Not only will this down sizing affect our ability to protect ourselves, it will also cause a substantial loss in economic strength and power abroad. Because military down sizing lessens our power abroad, opens the United States up to a possible invasion, and hurts our economy, the military must be maintained in order to ensure a strong, healthy nation both abroad and on the home front for many centuries to come.
Military down sizing is increasing at a rapid rate. This down sizing is primarily due to budget cuts. Since the peak of Korean war spending in 1953, military spending has declined in twenty-five of the last thirty-seven years. The build up for Vietnam was short and followed by an equivalent build down. The Carter-Reagan buildup was longer but smaller than the one for Vietnam, and is currently being succeeded by a new build down (Brauer 299). If history keeps repeating itself, the United States military will continue to build up and then hinder this build up with an even greater build down. As a result the U.S. sustains a weaker more vulnerable armed force.
The military's inability to provide its men and women with sufficient transportation is also a problem caused by budget cuts. Many military trucks represent technology from the late 1940s and early 1950s (Hinkle 32). But because of budget cuts, the military is unable to provide itself with modern tactical trucks. An official is quoted saying "Any move that the army makes always depends upon the availability of money" (Hinkle 32). Right now money is scarce, therefore the military is unable to upgrade its means of transportation.
Because of these build downs, The United States military has reduced its strength by about a third of what it was in 1985. Despite this reduction in military strength, U.S. military deployment has gone up a third (Kaminski 1). This does not make good sense. Just because the Soviet Union has crumbled does not mean that all of America's worries have faded away. There are new threats that have replace the terror of Russia. These include regional aggressors such as North Korea, Iraq, and Iran (Federation of American Scientists 1). Regional conflicts among these lesser powers have grown in importance because of the invention nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Since the breakup of the Soviet union, the market has been flooded with inexpensive military arms. Some of these arms have found their way into regional conflicts (Sandler 2). The...