(UnitedVoice.com) – Former President Donald Trump took great pride in claiming he rebuilt the US military after the Obama/Biden administration let it dangle along for eight years. Under Trump, the US military increased spending at the fastest pace since World War II. The administration built more nuclear weapons, invested in equipment and training to prepare for various types of warfare, and expanded the United States military’s presence globally.
It might not be enough. China has invested heavily in its military despite its economic challenges. Over the last 20 years, it’s unclear how much the Chinese have spent on their fighting forces. However, independent research suggests that China is on pace to outgun the US military by 2024 because the US military depleted its resources fighting wars in the Middle East and underfunding the military prior to Trump. President Biden is now focusing on spending trillions of dollars on far-left social programs, and it’s unclear what his military goals are at this point early in his presidency.
Chinese Military: A Most Capable Rival
While the US military waged war in the Middle East and used its limited resources to replenish its warfighting supplies, the Chinese quietly built a significant military. Since the Obama administration, Pentagon officials say they believe the Chinese military is the most capable rival to the US military in the world.
Since 2000, intelligence research suggests China invested its resources heavily in weapons and equipment. It’s the opposite of the US strategy to invest more heavily in personnel, operations, and maintenance, creating new concerns that the US won’t be able to compete with China in a conflict in either quantity or quality of weapons by the end of 2024.
It’s estimated that over the last decade, China’s pursued the most rapid and consistent military buildup during peacetime since the 1930s. However, there are many questions left to answer about China’s military capabilities.
Some defense experts believe that despite China’s potential military advantage, it may lack the ability to use it effectively until it learns to integrate specific weapons systems for particular purposes.
President Biden is expected to release his first military budget soon. It’s unknown if he will act like a typical Democratic president and scale back military spending or increase it due to the Asian Pacific threats facing America.
America only has a few years to protect its military advantage.
Let’s hope Biden chooses wisely.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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