Secure Freedom Radio: With Dakota Wood
DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs, The Heritage Foundation, Editor, annual “Index of U.S. Military Strength,” retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps:
- Do all US allies live up to their expectations when threatened with conflict?
- Why are operating conditions more favorable in Europe than other parts of the world?
- Why is China characterized as an “aggressive” but not a “hostile” threat?
- Over the past year, the People’s Liberation Army, Air Force and Navy have been upgrading and enlarging their power projection techniques
- Dakota Wood: The index’s recommendation that the US Army consist of 50 brigades is seriously lacking
- Average age of a US fighter jet is 30 years old.
- Under the Trump Administration, the Department of Defense increased flight hours in order to ramp up force readiness
- Overtime, the US Marines’s number of brigades have been shrinking as the branch embraces a “one war force” mentality
- The index categorizes most of the US nuclear force as strong. Why?
- Wood: Many of the same politicians who are staunch opponents of the 2nd Amendment and advocate for increased public safety are now questioning the loyalty of National Guard troops
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