"The yawning capability gap that once existed between the United States and the rest of the world has now shriveled to nearly nothing," he noted.
For Davis, nothing reflects the true state of America's military better than the Pentagon's "dysfunctional acquisition system." For instance, the US Army spent $20 billion on its key modernization program in early 2000s, known as Future Combat System (FCS), only to cancel the effort in 2009 without producing any visible results.
"Both employ state-of-the-art armor, weapon systems, ammunition and fire-control systems," Davis observed. "The T-14 in particular appears to be just as survivable and deadly as the US Abrams tank. In 1991, the Abrams could have won a tank-on-tank engagement against possibly every potential enemy tank in the world." This appears to be no longer the case.
The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled the Armata last year at the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow.