Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The US Army's Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model


This will be interesting.  Looks like the Army is about to do a "Berger" to their force but in a more pragmatic (I hope) way.

They're gonna shed forces (certain combat power) but they're going to regionally focus their forces.

What does that mean?

I think my prediction for the 25th ID is spot on.  They're gonna be tailored to fight China.  That means long range artillery, anti-ship missiles, more airmobile/airborne, concentration of landing craft so they can shoot from islands too (without having to ask the Navy for a ride...they might even buy some of those small amphibs!) etc...

A tank heavy/mech force for the Middle East and Europe and only God knows what for Africa (I can actually see them going for a reinforced 173rd, maybe more aviation assets...Africa is HUGE).  On second thought I would probably see them adding a Stryker Brigade to that mix, maybe two.

Regardless this is gonna be interesting.

My question.

How do all the services (with NO exceptions) expect to build a new force when covid is gonna see us practically mired in a recession and the economy limping back?

Do they really think the American people of ANY political persuasion will back increased defense budgets over what we have now?

How is the Pentagon gonna pay for all this? 

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