Secure Freedom Radio: With Dakota Wood

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Secure Freedom Radio

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:

Part I:

  • 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?

Part II:

  • 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

Part III:

  • 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

Part IV:

  • 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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