ON-Lion Letter

"The United States military faces low levels of readiness," begins a January report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., by James Cunningham.  "All four branches can, on aggregate, perform their current missions, but they lack the surge capacity to respond to another major crisis."

Cunningham is a research associate at AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI.

"The US Navy and Marine Corps consume readiness as they generate their deployed forces, leaving themselves without fully trained or equipped forces at home," according to Cunningham in "Readiness Tracker, Volume 1:  The Military's Limited Surge Capacity," the first in a series of reports on military readiness. 

"The US Army and Air Force have been forced to train their soldiers and airmen for the narrow set of missions they face today but not for their core capabilities of fighting and defeating large, modern adversaries," he continues.

"[T]he military," Cunningham concludes, "finds itself at a readiness level that risks compromising the country’s strategic needs."

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