Wesley Hallman, senior vice president of Policy at the National Defense Industrial Association, discusses the perception problems that impact U.S military development, and what might be able to change them.
While the United States has long led the world in military strength, China and Russia are quickly catching up. Wesley Hallman, senior vice president of Policy at the National Defense Industrial Association says that the U.S. slipped is because of misperceptions in three areas; capacity, strength and industrial power. “Desert Storm… at that time we had 134 fighter squadrons across the guard, active duty and reserve components of the Air Force. We deployed 32 squadrons to Desert Storm, which as we know came out extremely well,” said Hallman. “Today, we only have 55 fighter squadrons. One of those isn’t even budgeted for, it comes from year to year money. We couldn’t deploy 32 squadrons to a regional contingency because of the readiness gaps that we have.”