The United States is a global power with some pretty big global interests and its military is intended to defend America from attack as its main priority. Its second objective is to provide protection to Americans and our allies abroad through air, sea, and space with the ability to engage multiple tactics at once. The Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are also responsible for intercepting enemies plotting to engage in actions that could harm U.S. interests and threaten our peace and security at home and abroad. There are several ways to gauge the strength of the US military, and when you read these points you will see just why very few throw stones at the United States.
Military Power Scalability
Long ago a nation’s power was measured by the numbers of their troops, tanks, and arms. Although military power is indeed reliant on weapons, ships, planes, ships, communications systems and other supporting tools, these are all irrelevant without a scalable analysis of a nation’s ability to respond with maximum force. For example, the US Army could have 1000 tanks, but if military action was required in a place where tanks are useless, the matter of tank power is irrelevant because it lacks context.
Success in the war for today’s era relies on custom military power supplies and tactical solutions that empower our country to respond with the right solution, in the right place, at the right time. This means we need the funding, technology, and science to modify various tools and pieces of equipment to perform in any climate, atmospheric condition, and altitude. Really in order to measure our muscle we need to measure hard combat power while looking at its capability, capacity, adequacy, and readiness in the context of how they all interplay to offer one cohesive strategy for defeating the enemy with little to no casualties.
The Defense Budget
The defense budget and its issues are a popular topic of discussion and various people have multiple opinions on how much money go into its pocket. However, whether we look at joint forces as a single unity, individual branches or the complete infrastructure of the defense establishment, the defense budget is a reflection of the capabilities of protecting our borders and allies.
In 2016 the defense budget for the fiscal year was $548 billion. It was used for training, equipment, defense intelligence, research, manpower, and development. The OCO provides supplemental funding for executing overseas missions.
Adding Context to the Defense Budget
In order to determine just how powerful America’s military is, the defense budget must be put into the context of identifying all the national interests that may require US protection with military power. This means the nature of the potential threat must be analyzed and classified. Then the solution required to defeat the threat would need to incur a potential cost, and measure it against what America can afford to pay in this specific context and what it would be willing to spend. If there is a difference between affordable levels of spending and assessed requirements for moving forward on defense matters a major risk to US security would arise.