Does America really need projection power in this day and age?:
- Nationalize the production of all military hardware in the US, period.
- Disallow any organization that receives Federal tax dollars in any form from lobbying, period.
- Sell most bases to the countries they're in, with deals to use said bases in emergencies.
- Reduce global US Military presence to comparative near-zero, with offers of paid training deals with countries that still need help to become militarily self-sufficient.
- Gradually reduce total hardware in the US Military, while replacing some percentage of what is (preferably) recycled with high-tech, ultramodern military equipment designed for a defensive-minded US Military.
- To prevent having to cut personnel or pay and to prevent having troops just sitting, use the US Military as a sort of peace time job corps, in lieu of a civilian equivalent that Congress would never authorize.
- Stop trying to get rid of all the nukes, and begin building again until we are comparable in number with whoever has the most nuclear weapons in the world or until we reach some preset number, if the person with the (possibly next) largest number of nuclear weapons doesn't have very many. Also, modernize nuclear weapons technology, so we're using bleeding edge warheads and delivery systems, and not second-rate garbage from the Cold War. A single nuke should be able to devastate any mid-sized country via multiple warheads, not just take out one city.
- Work on proper missile shielding for the nation, so we don't need to worry as much about other people's nukes.
- Start working more with the UN, so that we no longer have US-only foreign adventures. No matter how just a cause is, we don't touch it without substantial (and/or proportional) a NATO-backed UN force to work with.
- ...I don't work with PMCs on principle, so I won't even bother doing anything but firing all of them and possibly prosecuting most of them for all the bullshit they do in Iraq and Afghanistan.
edited 6th Nov '11 9:26:29 PM by USAF713
edited 6th Nov '11 9:45:24 PM by SgtRicko
edited 6th Nov '11 9:38:24 PM by USAF713
edited 6th Nov '11 9:45:53 PM by TuefelHundenIV
edited 6th Nov '11 10:25:12 PM by MyGodItsFullofStars
edited 7th Nov '11 4:41:07 AM by Jeysie
- US deterrence factor is a MAJOR reason why there are fewer wars. Why start something petty if the world's biggest power can land 2 expeditionary forces of US Marines on your soil in 48-96 hours?
- The US spans the globe literally in territory. We have possessions in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean (well within missile range of both China and North Korea to boot!), and all over North America. The only places we really don't belong that much are Africa and Europe. We need a large force capable of moving large amounts of firepower between anywhere within defensible range of our territory. A JSDF style military would be incapable of performing just that.
- Do you really trust the Chinese to stand up for Human Rights? Do you trust the Russians to stand up for democratic movements? Do you trust the softies in Europe to do either when they barely could do Libya?
edited 7th Nov '11 7:21:05 AM by Jeysie
- Bases allow quicker response time to world issues but what world issues? Unless America is invading other countries, it's rather pointless. But oh wait, it did invade other countries; specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. I think popular opinion of those wars has turned very sour, especially for Iraq. What was needed, if anything, was special forces to take down key leaders in Al Qaeda and after 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, that's exactly what took him out, not any US marines or mass floods of G Is.
- A massive navy is great and all, but super carrier fleets don't exactly secure trade lanes in the waters. Just normal cruisers and frigates do just fine. But, the navy is the first thing used for aid work but what do they need? Mostly frigates. So you can scale back on carriers significantly without impacting those operations. Of course, an aircraft can be used for both aid and war, but you don't need 11 super carrier fleets.
- Nuclear missiles are a deterrence weapon. Having 8000 active nuclear missiles with over 12000 warheads though, that's just called Dr. Doom level of weaponry. UK has a few hundred nukes. France has a few hundred nukes. China has a policy of maintaining only just enough nukes to level USA just in case, so barely a hundred. Russia still has thousands. So really, I would continue nuclear arms reduction deals with Russia to bring it to a more reasonable level.
- The US military has ballooned to 3 million personnel. Do you know what other country has 3 million personnel? China. So let me just say it. That is too many soldiers. Stop recruiting and just focus on improving pay, conditions, medical/psychological support, vacation time and so on. That way, the extra money that comes in each year can be used to increase pay rather than pay for operations costs.
- There's no need to cut veteran funding. They are already terribly short changed. The real solution is to stop creating so many veterans that cost so much money to upkeep via healthcare and psychological care costs (actually they don't even receive psychological care). If USA stops fighting major wars unilaterally, it won't incur so many broke ass veterans and it'll cost less. Combined with a recruitment freeze/drop, costs will go down over the next few decades. Look, this is a debt that has to be paid. You can't ask people to die/get maimed for your country and then go "well fuck you."
- Cut military hardware purchases. It's fantastic and all to have F-35s except we haven't even used F-22s yet in combat. So what does that tell me? It's a big ass waste of money. First, cut off half the Weapons Acquisition Program. Secondly, nationalise those companies to make weapons. Third, cut off all PM Cs. Government military should be owned by the government to reduce corporate corruption and eliminate lobbying. I'm with USAF on this one.
- USA needs to switch down around I think 2 to 2.5 million of its soldiers into part-time so that they can participate in the domestic economy. The money saved should be put toward a jobs program for the soldiers. And then I would increase part-time reservists, strategically spread out the number so that there's 3-4 million reservists in America, and half a million active soldiers.
- 1) "Defensively minded" doesn't mean "never attack ever, at all." In the event of war, hell yes, go on the offensive. I'm just saying that we should not be invading other countries without due cause, period.
- 2) We get into a serious war with anybody who poses a credible threat and we mobilize everything in the US and rape the shit out of them. "(Relatively) small standing army" does not translate to "that's all we'll use to fight any wars ever." Besides, I said we should keep six of the carriers. Most countries can't even field one. If somebody can honestly reach the US, and it isn't Canada or Mexico who have proximity advantage, we really kind of deserve to get conquered because we just suck ass at that point.
edited 7th Nov '11 4:17:35 PM by USAF713