Readiness Tracker, Volume 2: On an Unsustainable Path
Military readiness has deteriorated in the last year. The services are not able to meet their day-to-day requirements and still lack the operational depth required to respond to a major crisis. The Army is integrating active and reserve component forces and increasing reserve deployments to try to make up the readiness gap. It is further away from recovering full readiness than it was at this time last year. The Marine Corps and Navy, worn thin by high rates of deployment and deteriorating equipment, could not keep up with the pace of global deployments. The Air Force has sacrificed its ability to conduct a large-scale campaign with anywhere near the size and speed desired and continues to train pilots for only mission-specific needs.