Thanks to defense spending hawks who inflate the military threat China poses to the U.S., the Pentagon is preparing to spend big. But before wasting billions and escalating tensions, leaders must take a clear-eyed look at China’s real capabilities.
For decades, the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars on overly complicated weapons systems that simply don’t work. It’s also been preparing for the wrong threats. These decisions have wasted hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and left our military without proper equipment. Rather than purchasing unproven weapons, the Pentagon should wait until the fully developed weapons system has gone through testing. And when building a force to address an emerging threat, the Pentagon must ensure it’s taking a pragmatic approach that doesn’t risk escalating the situation, needlessly putting troops into harm’s way, or wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. We’re advocating for a new approach, one that prioritizes building a force ready to address our nation’s actual defense needs.
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What’s at Stake
Pentagon leaders keep buying overly complicated weapons systems that just don’t work. Taxpayers are footing a giant bill for failing systems like the F-35 fighter jet, even though the jet’s development is woefully behind schedule and over budget.
The Navy has started retiring several Littoral Combat Ships, some after just a few years in service. Why? Because the Pentagon purchased them before they were proven in testing, and it turns out the ships are riddled with design flaws.
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