US military has become so depleted under Obama it is now only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation, scathing report claims

Thursday, February 26, 2015
By Paul Martin

Report released by think tank The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday
Claims US military can no longer achieve its objective of being able to fight two simultaneous wars
Cuts to number of soldiers and naval ships leave US under-powered

By LYDIA WILLGRESS
DailyMailUK
26 February 2015

The US military has become so depleted by cuts that it has been left only ‘marginally able’ to defend the nation.

Decreases in the number of soldiers and naval ships have led to armed forces falling short of President Obama’s national security strategy, a report by The Heritage Foundation claimed.

Obama’s aim was to ensure that the country could still fight two major conflicts at once.But the Index of US Military Strength report, released by the think tank on Tuesday, said that with current funding this would be problematic.

The report said: ‘The consistent decline in funding and the consequent shrinking of the US Army are putting it under significant pressure.

‘The cumulative effect of such factors has resulted in a US military that is marginally able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests.’

The Quadrennial Defense Review announced last year that the Army would be cut from 570,000 soldiers to 440,000 – the fewest since World War II.

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