Should Americans be concerned about the budget cuts in our nation’s military?
“You better hope we never have a war again,” said the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif.
What does the Pentagon mean by “ready”? They say it means the armed forces’ ability to get the job done based on the number of people and having the equipment and the training needed to carry out assigned missions.
An Army brigade, 4,500 members, is considered ready when it is fully manned and well trained with the right supplies and equipment in good working condition. Military units are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with one being the best. Usually a unit just returning from deployment would rate a five because of casualties and equipment missing or in need of repair. A unit can be deployed in less-than-full ready status, but it could do less, take longer and have more casualties.
The Air Force has grounded a third of its active-duty combat fighter/bomber squadrons and the Army has only two of its 35 active-duty brigades fully ready for major combat operations. They prefer to keep 12 active-duty brigades ready for deployment at any given time and another 12 preparing for ready status.
Our forces, for the last 12 years, have been trained for counterinsurgency wars, like Iraq and Afghanistan, but now they need to train for different kinds of threats in other parts of the world. Budget cuts may adversely affect this needed new training. One solution is to tailor the budget cuts instead of making across-the-board cuts. I hope we have the time to solve these pressing issues. Have you thanked a veteran today? Migwetch!
Remember the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. For more information about our organization and how to become a member, you can attend one of our meetings. Visit our website at www.cpnveterans.org.
Daryl Talbot, Commander