Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for UPI on the status of US defense plans:
To hear the anguished cries of critics of the Obama administration’s defense plans, one would think the nation is disarming.We are told that at a projected end strength of 450,000 active duty Army personnel, ground forces will be headed to pre-World War II levels. The Navy, with some 290 ships or less, will be down to the size of the pre-World War I fleet. Is the sky falling?
Unfortunately, the first complaint is misleading. And the second dismisses the fighting power of today’s Navy. Worse, the real dangers to the future size and capability of the U.S. military are entirely ignored.