The American Way of War is to spend a lot of money on stuff, and then prolong wars until the Defense Contractors (usually a closed circle of former flag officers, politicos, and entrepreneurs) find a new gadget and war to interest us. Heaven forbid we simply go in, defeat the enemy decisively, and go home. Corporate welfare is alive and well today. From the National Interest: “The US Air Force’s Stealth F-22 Raptor Will Fly Until 2060.” I might invest in LockMart since I’m guaranteed a return, at least until my 92nd birthday.
Putting more eggs in fewer baskets: The soon-to-be-commissioned super-carrier Gerald R. Ford. Can America be morally defeated with the loss of a carrier?
And finally, an exercise in sniveling about the Fiscal Year 2018’s budget not paying for the XX Century’s definition of national power. Is our military overcommitted and under resourced? Yes, if we use metrics developed thousands of years ago. The elements of combat power have changed and we Americans know this very well. So why are we playing by the same rules as the Akkadian Empire?
Exit question: if a team of 10 cyberwarriors can effectively cripple a nation, defeating its population through disruption of the economy, healthcare, information communication and undermining confidence in the institutions of governance leading to a crisis, why pay trillions when a keyboard and a mouse cost less than a jug of milk?