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    The Pentagon's unchanging force structure has already become obsolete, undermining US deterrence and creating strategic risks, says Robert Haddick, an expert and independent contractor at US Special Operations Command.

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    The United States' unchanging military force structure is "wasteful and miserly," it significantly undermines America's ability to cope with new complex challenges, underscored Robert Haddick, an expert, former US Marine Corps officer and independent contractor at US Special Operations Command.

    "It is increasingly difficult to argue that the unchanging US force structure over this two-decade period of rapid change is a smart "all-weather" portfolio of capabilities, well-suited for the challenges of both 2001 and 2019. Instead, adversary adaptations have undercut the value of significant portions of the US force structure," the former officer claimed.

    Referring to the document "The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review" the expert pointed out that the Pentagon's planned combat force for 2019 is strikingly similar to the force structure of 2001.

    The unchanged force structure does not satisfy the needs of modern warfare and has already resulted in expensive overstocking of many assets.
    According to Robert Haddick, China and Russia, America's potential adversaries, have outstripped the United States, by developing new types of weaponry and improving their capabilities in hybrid warfare.

    The US's geopolitical rivals have grasped an opportunity to exploit design problems of US military forces, their operational limitations and outdated concepts, the expert underscored.

    After an exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, the US Air Force said that an armed Reaper drone demonstrated that it can hit maritime targets in coordination with other aircrafts, including A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-35A Lightning IIs.
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    One of the most important challenges the Pentagon has faced is the development of long range precision anti-ship and land-attack missiles, as well as command networks managing them, by China and America's other potential rivals.

    "For decades, US policymakers and commanders have assumed that they would have access to bases on the periphery of Eurasia and that those bases and naval task forces would be largely free to project power at will," Robert Haddick emphasized, bemoaning the fact that such an ambitious task has yet to be accomplished.

    The former US Marine Corps officer noted that "breaking through institutional barriers" to much anticipated reform of the American armed forces will require the next president of the United States to work closely with Congressional and Pentagon officials.

    The American policymakers should truly understand that the 21th century creates the need for new defense capabilities, the expert stressed.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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