Morse/Bogar Pro January PRO CASE JANUARY My partner and I affirm Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending. Definitions: Imperialism: the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other EX - British imperialism created the enormous British Empire (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Significantly: having or likely to have influence or effect : important <a significant piece of legislation> ; also : of a noticeably or measurably large amount <a significant number of layoffs> <producing significant profits> (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Observation: Utilitarianism: whichever side benefits the most amount of people wins today’s debate C1: The US military needs money to be successful Military is shrinking. Eaglen , Mackenzie. "Our Incredible Shrinking Military." AEI . American Enterprise Institute, 29 July 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016 . From its wartime high of 566,000 active-duty soldiers, the Army will number less than 475,000 at the end of this year. Army Chief of Staf Gen. Mark Milley illustrated the chasm between what Congress and the president ask of the military and how they provide for it. He called for a total force of 1.2 million soldiers to reduce risk to significant or moderate levels , about 220,000 soldiers above where the Army is headed. Yet a recent RAND war game found that U.S. European Command could not prevent Russian occupation of Baltic capitals within three days, leaving follow-on forces to fight through the Russian Kaliningrad exclave, which bristles with weapons and troops. A related force-sizing study concluded that a full-scale North Korean crisis would require almost 190,000 soldiers to achieve U.S. objectives. Even the relatively simple mission of truly and quickly
Morse/Bogar Pro January rolling back the Islamic State would require a ground force of 20,000 to 50,000 by most estimates. noncommissioned officers with institutional knowledge of counterinsurgency warfare. Army readiness has fallen so far that the National Training Center simply cannot process enough brigades to return the entire force to full readiness before the early 2020s. The Army’s modernization portfolio is the procurement equivalent of the Dead Sea, wit h 30 percent of its funding drying up since 2012. Though rarely mentioned amid high-profile Air Force, Navy and nuclear purchasing requirements in the 2020s, the Army will face a procurement bow wave in the late 2020s as it pursues replacement of its entire aviation fleet and several core vehicles. The military needs more soldiers to actually be successful but this costs money and the budget does not include an adequate amount of money to uphold the amount of soldiers needed.
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