Readiness Tracker, Volume 1: The Military’s Limited Surge Capacity

The United States military faces low levels of readiness. All four branches can, on aggregate, perform their current missions, but they lack the surge capacity to respond to another major crisis. The US Navy and Marine Corps consume readiness as they generate their deployed forces, leaving themselves without fully trained or equipped forces at home. The US Army and Air Force have been forced to train their soldiers and airmen for the narrow set of missions they face today but not for their core capabilities of fighting and defeating large, modern adversaries.

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