Military Neg - Update
DDI 2008 <BQ>
Causality – Low Readiness Caused By Lack of Personnel
distinguished fellow in military affairs at the Heritage Foundation
“More: The crying need for a bigger U.S.
Add to this the fact that the active-duty Army is clearly too small.
Even in an age of transformation and non-linear
battlefields, America will always need the capacity to put boots on the ground. Particularly in the post-9/11 era, the U.S. needs
the ability to carry on sustained, large-scale peacekeeping or low-intensity combat missions, without having to send the same
units on three or four tours over the life of a mission. A nation of America's size and strength should not have to tie up
essentially its whole active-duty Army, much of its Marine Corps, and many of its reserves in order to sustain 130,000 troops
in the kind of low-intensity combat we are experiencing in Iraq.
In 1992, just after Desert Storm, the Pentagon stated a
requirement of twelve active-duty Army divisions, before the increases in operational tempo of the 1990s and before the War on
Terror. The Army should surely have at least twelve divisions today. To their credit, President Bush and defense secretary Robert
Gates have proposed such an increase. It costs at least $2 billion to stand up and sustain an addition to the army of division strength,
which means we need to invest about $4 billion per year or more in increased Army force structure, in addition to the $30 billion more
in new procurement funding.
So to sustain our military at the level necessary to protect our security, we must increase
, and support spending by at least $34 billion above the FY 2007 budget. It may be possible to fund a small
fraction of this increase from reforms in the rest of the defense budget. Congress typically adds $3 or $4 billion worth of earmarked
appropriations every year. Some of those earmarks are actually warranted, but a dedicated effort to reduce those that aren't could
produce $1 or $2 billion in savings per year. The cost of new programs has certainly spiraled -- there are still $400 hammers floating
around in the defense industry -- and the right kind of procurement reform might reduce them somewhat.
Alternate Causality – Overstretch Hurts Readiness And The War On Terror. Troop Recruitment should be top
, Staff Writer, 8-21-20
. Herald Review, Military Readiness: Armed forces overstretched, Tuscon panel agrees
The nation’s active duty and reserve ground forces — Army and Marines — are stretched thin and stressed to nearly a
, a panel of experts said Monday
A former secretary of defense, three major generals and a former Army
captain with combat experience in Iraq expressed concerns about the Army and Marines