Deadly Myth: America Is Invulnerable
Unfortunately the reality is in no way that simple. Our preeminence as the world's number one technological and military superpower is in grave jeopardy, and those threatening to replace us do not share our ideas. At stake is not only preventing a bloody attack, but preserving the very existence of our nation.
Russia plans to launch the strategic bomber Pakda, above, in 2015; China is already moving its DF-21 ballistic missile, below
The military/technological progress made by both China and Russia is impressive.
One of Moscow's pet projects is the Hypersonic Project, which is meant to give Russia a weapon capable of both striking with blinding speed and neutralizing America's stealth aircraft advantage. This cutting-edge technology that could eventually put Russia in a dominant position over the United States is a top priority for Moscow.
Hypersonic performance is generally recognized as at least 5 times the speed of sound (MACH 5). Russian scientists have developed a missile that can fly a few seconds at MACH 4.5. The "hypersonic project" is of extreme importance for Moscow, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has recently stated that the "'project hypersonic' can be compared in importance ... with the creation of the atomic bomb."
Hypersonic weapons are not currently covered by any international missile treaty. Russia is already predicting that its new generation of bombers, the PAK-DA, will have hypersonic weaponry.
Russia is not alone in attempting to rival the U.S. in hypersonic research and development. China has reached "initial operational capability" of an aircraft killer system, referred to as DF-21D, which uses ballistic missiles carrying conventional explosives that would reenter the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds and strike U.S. warships. The Chinese missile system is believed to be already altering the balance of power in the Western Pacific.
Citing a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) report, the June 2013 issue of The Economist declared that "America is gradually losing the 'strategic advantage' that its stealth warplanes have long provided."
Strategic partners - Russia's Putin and China's Hu Jintao - are leaving the U.S. behind
Moscow is also assisting Communist China in weapons development. Beijing is preparing to challenge the United States in the Pacific and to finally achieve a long time goal: the destruction of the democratic government of Taiwan and the subjugation of its 23 million people. The United States is responding to these grave challenges to its position in the world - or even its very existence - by cutting the defense budget. The cuts are affecting military readiness.
One expert, Rick Norris, a retired intelligence analyst with 25 years experience as an active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer and civilian contractor/researcher, related his concerns to International News Analysis Today.
Defense spending reaching a new low...
As "Air Force pilots depart their service for lack of training time, is it reasonable to believe that training funds for the other services are any more forthcoming?" Norris asked.
Norris praised the capability of America's newest weapons, but questioned their value without proper training. "While our Navy, Air Force and Army proudly display modern and tough to beat new weapons systems, how about the training at integrated levels to pull all those capabilities together?"
America is at present the most powerful nation on earth, but there are no guarantees that we will retain this leadership. Others are working hard to replace us. As Norris relates, "Our enemies, Russia and the PRC [Peoples Republic of China] are building their force structure."
Neglecting our military, even in times of budget difficulties, will result in our national destruction. Our national defense must be the absolute top priority in America's expenditures, or we will simply cease to exist as an independent nation.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
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