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PVT James Strait
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War weary, out of bombs, a general population loathe to join anything that takes them away from the couch...is it surprising the Russians are buzzing our ships? They sense a horse with a broken leg and may be looking to put it out of its misery.
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LTC Stephen F.
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That may be true COL Mikel Burroughs; but, I doubt it.
The political leaders of this country may have their heads partially in the sand; but the service men and women of this nation will do what they have always done. Do more than is expected with less than is required all the time.
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CPT John Sheridan
CPT John Sheridan
4 y
Sorry, wrong thread and I haven't figured out how to delete. Only edit.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
4 y
LTC Stephen F. The Military will do w/o direction, $ or orders?
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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CSM Charles Hayden - I said service men and women will "Do more than is expected with less than is required all the time." They will certainly need guidance on the what, when and where.
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SPC Nathaniel O.
SPC Nathaniel O.
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Hooah Sir!
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CPT Jack Durish
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Flag officers have a long tradition of bemoaning their lack of adequate resources. It isn't just limited to Americans either. Currently, I am on the sixth of an eight-volume biography of Winston Churchill and have been wondering how he kept his sanity as he pushed generals and admirals to engage the enemy while they hesitated until they had adequate resources. I often wondered the same while studying about Lincoln while McClellan commanded the Army of the Potomac. Ultimately, the question I would ask (if I were a member of Congress): Which military force would you rather have, theirs or ours?

That being said, the true issue is that America is in deep trouble. It faces two issues that seriously impact its defense preparedness: (1) The lack of a sound economy. We may have great men and machines of war but lack the wherewithal to deploy them effectively. (2) We lack political will and competent political leadership. America is a great body without a head.
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Capt Seid Waddell
Capt Seid Waddell
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CPT Jack Durish, we are currently hollowed out and having to resort to cannibalizing aircraft for parts to keep other aircraft operational. Some units have less than 25% of their aircraft mission capable.

This happened under Carter too, but the world wasn't as dangerous then.

Elections have consequences.
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LT Louis McKellar
LT Louis McKellar
4 y
We were cannibalizing back in the Carter administration too!
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CPT John Sheridan
CPT John Sheridan
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Back in the 1980's, we had appropriate paperwork to complete to ensure that our cannibalizing wasn't called cannibalizing.
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SSgt W. Aaron Gregory
SSgt W. Aaron Gregory
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Cannibalizing is a fancy word for reduce, reuse, and recycle. It just wasn't as welcome in the maintenance realm as it was on the outside. In my short career in the USMC's data communications and maintenance world, cannibalization was alive and well. It wasn't necessarily a 4-letter word. We had established (undocumented) protocols used to hide it, though. I liken it to the organ donor program.
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