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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initial failures in his war in Ukraine stemmed from poor strategy but also an overestimation of his military’s capability, training and prowess. LTG David Deptula (Ret.), dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, argues U.S. political and military leaders may be making a similar mistake, given current threats.

  • He said key elements of U.S. forces have shrunk by over half since Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
  • The Defense Department may be unable to build up necessary military power fast enough if an adversary requires the U.S. to fight, said Deptula.
  • He said he is concerned Biden’s 2023 defense budget plan will only accelerate a 30-year decline in defense capabilities.

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