US generals fully subscribe to this assessment, Il Giornale noted, adding that 96 percent of the weapons obtained by the Pentagon over the past fifteen years have a maximum range of just 80 kilometers.
“In other words, our air power is only equipped to deal with third world countries like Iraq,” where the US Air Force encountered no resistance and did not have to either penetrate enemy air defenses or engage enemy aircraft,” the CSBA report said.
Russia and China are a different story. Both have advanced air defense systems in place, meaning that US planes won’t be able to get close to enemy targets.
“That means that any war with Russia would leave us without air superiority,” the US analysts warned.